Steve Jobs initially resisted apps, fearing sabotage, but now a huge amount of the iPhone's reach and influence stems from the mobile platforms.

This article titled “How apps have taken over the world” was written by Stuart Dredge and Charles Arthur, for The Guardian on Friday 24th February 2012 18.00 UTC

A ticker on the front of Apple’s website rolls over relentlessly, increasing by about 500 a second as it moves relentlessly towards 25bn.

It is counting the number of units of application software downloaded from the company’s App Store – and the rise of a business that barely existed five years ago, but which now dominates daily conversation so much that the phrase, “There’s an app for that”, has become both an offer of help and a joke.

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