The Breakroom

Ten Years on the Aisles of the App Store

July 10, 2018

By Craig Hockenberry

Time flies when you’re having fun. Today marks the tenth anniversary of the App Store.

Of course there are a lot of people celebrating this event besides the factory workers. I was honored to be a part of the Appstories podcast where James Thomson and I chat with John Voorhees and Federico Vittici about those early days of selling iPhone apps.

I’m also enjoying the retrospectives about how apps have changed over the past decade. Michael Steeber’s visual look at the evolution of app interfaces and icons is fascinating. Alex Guyot takes this theme and adds some context from the developer’s perspective.

Another, but less obvious, benefit of the App Store is how it’s brought accessible software to folks in need. My colleague Sean Heber talked to Steven Aquino about this revolutionary change.

It’s been an excellent ride. Here’s to another ten!