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"We want to thank all of the creative app developers who have made these great apps and helped to change people's lives".

The number capped an extremely successful holiday period for Apple, where it noted users spending some $890 million on apps in the days between Christmas Eve and New Years Day (RM3.6 billion).

And Apple isn't the only one that benefited; on Thursday the company said iOS developers earned $26.5 billion in 2017 - an increase of more than 30 percent over 2016.

Augmented Reality is a big hit on the App Store and there are nearly 2,000 ARKit-enabled apps covering every category. And Pokemon Go nabbed the top app spot once again, re-launching the app late in the year with new AR features - which Apple, naturally, pointed out were built on top of ARKit.

Apple has had a very good start to 2018; and this is based exclusively on the performance of its App Store. Hit games a year ago included titles like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Monument Valley 2, King of Glory, Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga.

Apple App Store now offers users close to 2,000 ARKit-enabled apps across various categories like games, shopping, education, social media, and more. Since the App Store launched in 2008, iOS developers have made more than $86 billion, Apple said, a 43 percent increase over the total touted previous year.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Apple told TechCrunch the team will remain in Canada and the Buddybuild platform will be rolled into Apple development suite Xcode. Apple's more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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