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Apple approves 1 millionth iOS app, tracker says

According to Appsfire, 1 million apps have hit the App Store, even though a little over 700,000 programs are available right now.

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Apple has approved 1 million iOS apps, according to an application discovery company.

Appsfire revealed the findings on its Twitter account yesterday. In an e-mailed statement to CNET, an Appsfire spokesperson said that its tally includes all of the apps "that have been submitted and approved by Apple and that went live in the App Store" since its launch in 2008. The spokesperson was quick to point out that the tally does not include those apps that have been submitted and rejected.

The Next Web was first to report on the Appsfire tally.

Apple announced last month that its App Store has 700,000 applications available. According to Appsfire, the disparity includes apps that have either been removed by developers or Apple.

Apple is notorious for keeping App Store information close to the vest, leaving some doubt in the accuracy of Appsfire's findings. However, the company, which offers an app that helps users find programs worth downloading to their mobile devices, says that it has been able to keep up with app submissions with help from an iTunes feed.

"It is available on-demand, but needs work to be digested," Appsfire's spokesperson told CNET.

Right now, Appsfire said it believes that Apple's App Store has over 736,000 applications available to users. Out of those apps, a bit over 336,000 are paid.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the Appsfire claim. We will update this story when we have more information.