Apple reveals it paid ~US$60 billion to developers in 2021
Apple may be best known for its iPhones, Macs and MacBooks; however, it has emphasized the importance of its proprietary software, its Arcade gaming service, TV app, Music platform and others such as Fitness+ included, to its multi-billion-dollar business more than once. Now, its latest press release heaps praise on these aspects of its ecosystem and how they "enriched users’ lives" during 2021.
The Cupertino giant also asserted that developers also benefitted from this apparently unparalleled success throughout the same year. Apple now claims that they have made a total of US$260 billion since the launch of the App Store in 2008. Subtract the previous grand total cited at the end of 2020, and this leaves ~$60 billion for the whole of 2021.
This is the point at which the OEM would reveal its own takings or profits; however, Apple has as ever been much more circumspect about its own takings. On the other hand, the company now asserts that its users spent "more than ever before" on its App Store between Christmas and New Year of 2021.