Today and tomorrow is huge for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Today Apple launched their App Store and tomorrow the iPhone 3G goes on sale. The App Store has over 500 applications available for download, of which 125 are free. TechCrunch has compiled a list of the most popular applications being downloaded.
The iPhone 3G is twice as fast, is GPS-ready, and supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. The App Store is available on iTunes 7.7 and later versions.
Apple sent out a press release with quotes from the Associated Press, Facebook, eBay, MySpace, Sega, and Travelocity.
The Associated Press:
?iPhone enables The Associated Press to deliver news in a way that simply wasn?t possible before,? stated Benjamin Mosse, director of Mobile Products at AP. ?Taking advantage of iPhone?s revolutionary location-based services, our Mobile News network can capture and store local news stories that can be read by users even when they?re offline and our award winning photography and AP video are displayed in stunning clarity on its high resolution screen.?
?iPhone is changing the entire mobile industry and has quickly become the number one mobile device for accessing eBay,? stated Ken G. Sun, group product manager at eBay Mobile. ?Users can shop, track bids and get great deals from the largest online marketplace in the world directly from their iPhone. We couldn?t deliver such a complete and easy-to-use eBay experience on any other mobile device and iPhone users can download it free from the new App Store.?
?iPhone is one of the most popular ways for people to enjoy Facebook on-the-go and we?re excited to deliver a great native application via the App Store,? stated Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. ?Facebook is even cooler on the iPhone 3G, with the ability to discover friends nearby, or to effortlessly take pictures and upload them instantly to their Facebook account.?
?The global MySpace community will love MySpace Mobile on iPhone,? stated Chris DeWolfe, CEO/Co-Founder of MySpace. ?With rich features such as seamless photo uploading from iPhone to your MySpace profile, the MySpace Mobile application is gorgeous and as intuitive as possible?empowering the community with complete control over their global MySpace network right from the palm of their hand.?
?Apple?s iPhone and iPod touch open up the world of games to an entirely new audience,? stated David Cobb, VP of Product Development at Sega. ?The touch and tilt controls are natural and easy to learn, making gaming even more inviting, creative and rewarding. Super Monkey Ball takes advantage of these defining aspects and offers consumers an extremely accessible, imaginative and fun game experience. Whether an iPhone owner is new to games, or has been a fan for years, they will be intrigued and engaged by Super Monkey Ball and this progressive way to interact with entertainment.?
?With an iPhone in your pocket, you?ll never roam alone,? stated Jeffrey Glueck, CMO at Travelocity. ?From finding the nearest hotel with just a few taps to checking your flight status in a snap, the magic of iPhone lets us put tools that no one has ever seen before in the hands of travelers.?
For all of you that are braving the lines at all the Apple Stores, best of luck getting a device tomorrow. I have a feeling that it’ll feel like Black Friday at the Apple Store tomorrow. Christmas has come in July for Apple.