We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
79,994 News Articles

Apple opens the iPhone AppStore

iTunes 7.7 unveils 500 iPhone applications

A day before the launch of its iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 software Apple has opened its iPhone AppStore, selling 500 applications for the touchscreen smartphone. Applications range from games to astronomy packages, British Airways flight plans, social-networking tools and language guides.

iPhone 3G: Your top 25 questions answered

You can get into the AppStore via this back-door entry point.

When you upgrade to iTunes 7.7 you gain entry to the AppStore. There are some subtle differences to the software. The Games menu in the left-hand bar has been removed to be replaced with the word, 'Applications'.

Click on applications, and you'll be led to a page containing any games you may already have, with a link at the lower right which leads you to an area promising 'more applications'. Click there and you are led to the store.

We haven't yet had the opportunity to get deeply into the applications available, but here's some names: Facebook, Bejeweled 2, AIM, Salesforce Mobile, TypePad, Remote, MySpace Mobile, MotoRacer, the utterly fabulous Moo Cow Music's Band application, Twitterific, Shazam, Starmap planetarium, Texas Hold'em and many, many more.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs told USA Today: "The reaction has been so strong. So many developers responded." App Store launches with 500 applications now - though Jobs had originally targeted just 200, prompting the Apple co-founder to state: "This is the biggest launch of my career."

FIRST LOOK! Apple iTunes App Sto

First look: hands on with Apple iPhone 3G


IDG UK Sites

45 Best Android games: top Android games for your smartphone or tablet in 2014 (24 are free!)

IDG UK Sites

How Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and others have let us down over UltraHD and hiDPI screens

IDG UK Sites

Do you have the X-Factor too? Mix Off app puts fans in the frame

IDG UK Sites

iPad Pro release date, rumours and leaked images - 12.9 screen 'coming in 2015'