As with most Apple gatherings, Tuesday's iPhone 3.0 event began with an impressive laundry list of statistics touting the continued success of the iPhone and the App Store.
To start off, Greg Joswiak, Apple's VP of iPod and iPhone product marketing, announced that the iPhone is now available in 80 countries around the globe, and that Apple has sold a total of 17 million iPhones including sales of both the original iPhone and iPhone 3G thus far, including 13.7 million iPhones in 2008 (beating the company's self-imposed target of 10 million by a wide margin).
Joswiak also said that Apple has sold 30 million iPhone OS devices, factoring in the iPod touch.
Some other stats:
- There have been more than 800,000 downloads of the iPhone SDK since its release in March 2008.
- The developer program now has more than 50,000 members, about 60 percent of whom are new to Apple's platforms.
- The current tally of applications on the App Store stands at more than 25,000 (confirming an earlier report).
- There has been a 96 percent approval rate for App Store submissions, 98 percent of which were approved within a week after submission.
- There have been 800 million total downloads on the App Store so far.
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This story, "Apple has sold 17 million iPhones" was originally published by Macworld U.K. .