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10 years ago, the App Store still didn’t understand what it meant to be mobile

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Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the iOS App Store, which officially opened with 500 applications on July 10th, 2008 in what Steve Jobs called “the biggest launch of my career.” Those words have proven to be at least somewhat prophetic: the App Store now serves as one of the most important software stores on the planet. It has over 2 million apps, 20 million registered developers, and revenues topping $100 billion over its decade-long lifetime.

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But here, on the 10-year mark, it’s easy to forget that things weren’t always this way. Back when the App Store first launched, things were a bit… weird, to say the least. In fact, looking back at the top apps from the first year of the App Store’s existence (preserved by…

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