Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the appearance of App Store, and, according to some news feeds, most people didn't pay much attention to this event. The main products of Apple are considered to be the hardware ones. Perhaps that's why fifth iPhone anniversary raised so much hype at the time, while this time people were much more concerned with the free apps that are given away due to the celebration.

We believe that the App Store too, has changed the world, and we want our readers to refresh the memory of older and younger readers.

How did the app installation process look like before App Store? At that time, one of the most popular mobile operation systems was Windows Mobile, which was very different from today's Windows Phone(It was an attempt to fit a Windows computer in a three-inch screen, with drop-down menus and other amazing things.).

Downloading something for such a device was very painful. Therefore, the most logical way was: to search Google on your desktop for a query like "Windows Mobile PDF Viewer", open all possible results which were relevant to some extend and understand which one is the software you need. If it wasn't free, you would have to tediously enter your billing details (hoping all this is not fraud), download the installation CAB-file to your computer, copy it from your pc to the mobile device, open the file manager on the phone, find the file and start the installation.

Today, when all you need to get an app is just search and tap "install", all of the previous efforts sound like a nightmare. But the amazing thing is that this is nightmare didn't end in the day of first iPhone presentation.

Now it is strange to recall, but the first iPhone actually did not allow to install applications on the device. There was only a predefined set of apps from Apple. Some rumours say that Jobs initially thought that the company (at the time far less ambitious than today) would not have the required resources to support such a service where you have to manually moderated huge volumes of data. Well, he later changed his mind, and a year later App Store appeared with iOS 2.

What happened next is well known. At the end of that 2008, there was an app store for Android (then still called the Android Market, and not Google Play), then similar services started to flourish for all aspiring to achieve something in mobile systems, and later a unified store ceased to be limited to mobile: There is now an App Store for OS X as well as for Windows applications.

It is important to understand that App Store not only made the installation of the apps more comfortable, it has also given a powerful impetus to the popularity of mobile apps, triggering the emergence of new large-scale industry and the concept of "app economy". Only in one App Store, not taking into account other app stores, developers have already earned a total of more than $ 10 billion. Instagram would not have any chance without App Store. Mobile games could have stayed in a relatively small niche and not become an enormous market if it wasn't for App Store. A new era of startups is emerging and each second of them has a mobile app and most of them rely on their app as main business driver. The whole world has changed.

by Dmytro Bilkun