App Store creator claims credit for half a million jobs in Europe
In a slew of new figures focused around job creation, Apple reports it has paid European app developers a total of $6.5bn since the App Store opened in 2008.
In 2014, the overall app economy is expected to generate revenues of $16.5bn to European GDP, according to figures published by Apple, with worldwide GDP contributions coming in at an estimated $86bn.
The company also claims that 497,000 jobs created in Europe since 2008 can be directly attributed to the App Store.
Of these, 132,000 are directly or indirectly supported by Apple, and 116,000 were created at other companies as a result of Apple's growth.
"This job growth for coders, developers, entrepreneurs, and others would not have existed without Apple's innovations and technology," the firm wrote.
"With more than 1.2m apps and over 75bn downloads, the App Store has created an entirely new industry: iOS app design and development."