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Apple's App Store marks fifth anniversary

Apple's App Store opened online five years ago Wednesday, dramatically changing the way consumers get their software.

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Apple announced the opening of the App Store on July 10, 2013.

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It seems like there is an application for nearly everything: you can check the weather, look up directions, keep your kids (and yourself) entertained with games, auction furniture, buy vacation tickets…the possibilities are endless.

But think back just five years ago, before 55 percent of all cellphone owners had smartphones, to a time when “app” wasn’t even in the vernacular. 

On Wednesday, July 10, Apple celebrates the fifth anniversary of its App Store, when the company first launched in 62 countries with 500 apps available– a fraction of today’s offering.

 
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