Apps & Reviews

How many applications does the average iPhone owner install?

Apple’s 2008 Q4 financial details were released last week, and were all over the web of course. So I won’t go into it myself, apart from highlighting that in just 15 months, the iPhone has grown to provide 39% of Apple’s income, and that – by revenue – Apple is now the the number three phone manufacturer, globally. Wow.

I just have a simpler equation to consider:

iPhones (original and 3G) sold: 13 million

Applications sold through the App Store: 200 million

200/13 = On average, each user has downloaded and installed 15 apps 7 apps.

(Edit: see my comment for an explanation of the revised figure)

I’m well aware that such a simplistic figure ignores an awful lot of factors (it would be more interesting to know the mode), and includes certain people who download a lot of apps. But, it’s a starting point. And from this point, one things springs to mind:

For a per-user metric, I think this average number of installed apps is quite high, and probably higher than any other mobile platform.

Add voice recording to the iPhone for free

Add voice recording to the iPhone for free

Just a quick one: Griffin – makers of the the iTrip FM transmitter amongst other things – have released their iTalk application for the iPhone. And for a limited time it’s free :)

There are a few free options available for recording iPhone voice notes, such as EccoNote and QuickVoiceRecorder.

I’ve just downloaded it and tried out some recording. The interface is simple, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. iTalk also comes with sync software (Windows and Mac) which works over Wifi.

All the download details are available at Griffin’s website.

(via Daring Fireball)


Intomobile is reporting that DataViz is bringing Word, Excel and Powerpoint editing to the iPhone. This is great news, but at the same time, somewhat useless. As James from the site notes:

“If you’re out of the office, no problem. Edit up that proposal and send it back to the office or to your client… Heck, even do it from the golf course!?”

Now if you must play golf, there is already a problem 😉

But the iPhone issue is that you can’t just receive, edit and send documents, because of the device’s lack of a shared user-addressable file space.