The revolution Steve Jobs resisted: Apple's App Store marks 10 years of third-party innovation
By Stephen Silver
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 03:19 am PT (06:19 am ET)
The first iPhone saw release in 2007 with a fairly barebones selection of apps, none of which were made by outside developers. That changed when Apple opened the gates to developers a year later with iPhone OS 2.0, invigorating a sector and forever changing what it meant to be an "Apple developer."
The App Store officially launched on July 10, 2008, after it was announced the previous fall; the first software development kit was released in February of 2008.
As Apple demonstrated in an "oral history" it released a few days before the anniversary, the App Store has not only grown exponentially in its ten years of existence, but it's also been at the forefront of all sorts of innovations in technology, culture and entertainment over the course of the decade.
The App Store has helped facilitate major growth in the content streaming revolution, as well as geolocation, e-commerce and even online dating, while also forever changing what it means to be a software developer.
All that, and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was reportedly resistant to the idea at first.
https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/07 ... innovation
Today only 10 Years ago: