The iOS app economy has created nearly 300,000 new jobs since April 2019, and helped provide opportunities for Americans of all ages, although COVID-19 continues to create enormous challenges and insecurities for communities across the country. Developers nationwide – including companies such as Caribu, HEB and Shine – have adapted their businesses to ensure that they can continue to support their customers in a challenging time.1
Since the App Store launched in 2008, the iOS app economy has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy. Despite the pandemic, the App Store continues to offer financial opportunities for entrepreneurs of all sizes, helping anyone with an idea to reach customers around the world and take advantage of new opportunities that would never be possible without it. The App Store ecosystem now supports more than 2.1
Apps have become even more critical to Americans’ everyday lives as they seek new and safe ways to learn, work and stay engaged with friends and family during the pandemic. The App Store provides support for remote ordering from restaurants, live and influential distance learning for students, telehealth for patients and doctors, and digital commerce for small businesses. For entrepreneurs who create these apps and the teams that design them, this provides lasting and sustainable economic opportunities, as shown by double-digit growth in new app economic jobs in dozens of states since last year.