The latest data from the company, Finbold, showed that during the third quarter of this year, Apple removed 540 thousand of abandoned applications from its App Store.
Apple is constantly removing abandoned apps from the App Store. During the third quarter of 2022, the number of apps remaining in the Store fell to its lowest level in seven years.
According to Finbold’s report, the number of applications in the App Store is 1,642,759, a decrease of 24.79 percent compared to the second quarter of 2022. Noting that the last time the number of applications was this low was in the third quarter of 2015 when The number of applications was 1,672,271.
After removing these applications, Apple is still, during the third quarter, in second place in terms of the total number of applications in the Store, as Google with its Play Store maintained the first place with 3,553,050 applications, while Amazon occupies the third place with 483,328 applications.
It is believed that the decrease in the number of applications in the App Store is not a sign of the failure of the Store; It comes as part of Apple’s plan to rid the App Store of abandoned apps. In April, the company issued a circular to developers saying that it would begin removing applications that had not been updated for a long time.
During the second quarter of this year, the American technology giant removed about 439,000 applications, and the reason for this is that they have not been updated for years. The percentage of applications that did not receive an update for two years was about 64 percent.
Feingold, which specializes in stocks and cryptocurrency, believes that there is a correlation between the decline in the number of apps and the decline in App Store revenue during the last quarter of 2022.
But analyst Eric Woodring of investment firm Morgan Stanley believes Apple customers are spending less on apps due to inflation and other economic concerns. It was also said that gaming revenue fell 14 percent, and the overall drop in revenue, of 5 percent, was the largest since Morgan Stanley began tracking data in 2015.
It should be noted that removing apps from the App Store does not affect what was previously downloaded from them on users’ devices so in-app purchases are still ongoing. But it seems that the apps will not get a future update.