Apple has published an extensive press release sharing its accomplishments in developing proprietary services. The company talked about the changes its software products have seen in the last year, the successes they have achieved and how they make every user’s life easier and more convenient. Of course, there were financial metrics that show how fast the company’s business is growing.
In a recent press release, Apple paid particular attention to the success of the App Store. The company said developers who host their apps on it have made more than $ 260 billion since the app store launched in 2008. From this amount you have to deduct the commission that Apple charges for all purchases in the App Store, but that doesn’t make the number any less impressive. It’s important to note that the developers of the software released on the App Store made around $ 60 billion over the past year. In late 2019, Apple said it had paid developers a total of $ 155 billion over the life of the app store.
Apple didn’t forget to mention the success of its proprietary game service, Arcade. The company said it expanded tremendously in 2021, now offering users over 200 games to suit all tastes. Popular games in the Apple library include Sneaky Sasquatch, NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition, The Oregon Trail, LEGO Star Wars: Castaways, and Disney Melee Mania. The company declares that all Apple arcade games meet high data protection standards.
2021 was a big year for Apple Music. The company claims that its streaming music service currently has over 90 million songs to suit all tastes, many of which are available in lossless format. The service offers a wide range of features for a fully immersive music experience, including support for Dolby Atmos and spatial audio.
As of this year, SharePlay has made it possible to share songs with friends in FaceTime. Special attention deserves Apple Music Radio, whose presenters managed to communicate with world-class superstars over the past year, including ABBA, Adele, Brandi Carlile, BTS, Coldplay, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, Metallica, Mick Jagger, Neil Young and Silk Sonic. In 2021, Apple Music’s cheapest subscription, the Voice Plan, was launched, which allows you to access your music library using just voice commands via Siri.
Apple TV + video streaming service won numerous awards in 2021. The platform attracted users with intriguing series produced by Apple including “Ted Lasso”, “House with a Servant”, “Mythic Quest”, “Morning Show” and others. All Apple TV + movies and shows are available not only on Apple devices, but also on a number of third-party products including LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and TCL Smart TVs through the Apple TV app. The service’s popularity was also boosted by the release of Apple TV’s new 4K media set-top box.
For those who care about their fitness, Apple offers the Fitness + service. It includes not only recorded video exercises but also live training sessions with recognized fitness gurus, famous actors and other famous people. The service library contains a huge collection of videos covering 11 different types of workouts. That year, the service was replenished with more than two thousand new videos.
Apple News continues to be the leading news app in all markets in which it is available. The service offers users not only text materials, but also audio broadcasts. Apple is recruiting leading news agencies, the number of which is growing every year.
With regard to payment services, the company “Apple” reported that Apple Pay is already available in more than 60 countries and works with almost 9,000 banks and other financial institutions. At the same time, Apple is developing its proprietary electronic wallet, which can already be used to store not only virtual payment cards, but also vaccination cards, insurance policies, tickets and, in some regions, even driver’s licenses.
Apple Maps received one of the biggest updates in its history in 2021. It has a radically improved 3D map mode that is unfortunately only available for a limited number of cities, which Apple says will continue to grow.
The new iCloud + subscription offers users of Apple devices a number of advantages, including integrated data protection functions, which unfortunately are not available in all regions for legal reasons. In addition, Apple device users with new versions of the operating system could inherit their account information after death.