There are now 100,000 iPad-optimized apps

Posted by Mike Luttrell

In less than a year and a half, developers have pushed out more than 100,000 apps optimized for Apple's tablet platform.

Specifically, it took 452 days since the launch of the first iPad to reach the app milestone, according to Macstories.com.

That is roughly 221 apps added to the iPad App Store every day, which is certainly no small feat.

The milestone was not confirmed by Apple, which announced at last month's Worldwide Developers Conference that there were more than 90,000 iPad-optimized apps.

Virtually all apps developed for the iPhone are accessible on the iPad, but they get stretched out on the device's larger screen. Consumers highly prefer to have apps that are designed specifically for the big, high-resolution display.

It is possibly because of this reason that Android tablets haven't been able to break through as much. There are scant few apps developed for the tablet-optimized Honeycomb version of Android.

In addition to apps that are only available on the iPad, like cable company-sponsored video streaming apps, developers also push out tweaked, "HD" versions of their existing iPhone apps.

Apple has also made the process easier by categorizing apps based on their device compatibility. In total, there are more than 500,000 apps on the digital marketplace, though as many as 20% of those are considered inactive or abandoned by developers.