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Apple’s WWDC Keynote by the Numbers

The hardware, software and service offerings unveiled during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address Monday made for the biggest story to come out of the event. But there was another, a story told in numbers — really big numbers. Liberally sprinkled throughout the keynote were a bunch of metrics and data points that collectively amount to a brief State of the Union for Apple.

Below, a rundown of those numbers:

  • This was Apple’s 23rd WWDC, making it the longest-running developer conference around.
  • It sold out in one hour and 43 minutes.
  • It hosts attendees from more than 60 countries.
  • There are 400 million App Store accounts.
  • And there are about 650,000 apps in the App Store itself.
  • 225,000 of those apps are designed specifically for iPad.
  • 30 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store so far.
  • The App Store has generated five billion dollars in revenue for developers.
  • Soon, Apple will bring the App Store to 32 more countries, making it available in a grand total of 155 countries.
  • There are 66 million Mac users — triple the number Apple had just five years ago.
  • 26 million copies of Lion have been shipped so far.
  • 40 percent of OS X users are running Lion.
  • Mountain Lion will be the eighth major release of OS X.
  • It will feature more than 200 new features and 1,700 new APIs.
  • iCloud’s user base has grown to 125 million.
  • Through the end of March, Apple had sold 365 million iOS devices.
  • More than 80 percent of iOS users are running iOS 5.
  • There are currently 140 million iMessage users.
  • They send around one billion iMessages per day.
  • iOS has delivered 1.5 trillion push notifications so far.
  • There are currently 130 million Game Center accounts.
  • Five billion scores have been posted from them.
  • More than 10 billion tweets have been sent from iOS 5.
  • About 47 percent of all photos posted to Twitter are sent from devices running iOS 5.

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