That’s a lot of zeros and a truly staggering number for less than five years. Thanks to you, we now have 900,000 apps in the store and the catalog is very active, 90% of those are downloaded each month. We have 375,000 apps that have been designed for iPad to take advantage of the full beautiful canvas that still compares to just a few hundred from those other guys. And we have 575 million accounts. These are — most of these accounts have credit cards and one-click buying so it’s simple and elegant to buy your apps.
We had more accounts with credit cards than any store on the internet that we’re aware of. Now, we are incredibly proud this morning to announce that we have now paid developers $10 billion. And the momentum is incredible.
We paid out $5 billion of that just in the last year. Now to put that in context, that’s three times more than all other platforms combined.
One of the things we love about the App Store is that it levels the playing field between large developers and small developers. Ron Conway said it very nicely. “The App Store and the iOS ecosystem give budding developers with great ideas the best chance for success.”
This morning, I’d like to introduce you to Anki. Anki is using the iOS platform to create an entirely new category of experiences. They are launching their company for the first time on stage today. They are using iOS devices and the iOS platform to bring artificial intelligence and robotics into our daily lives.
I’d like to introduce Boris Sofman, CEO and co-founder of Anki, to tell us about his company and their very first new product. Boris?
Boris Sofman – Co-Founder, CEO, Anki
We stared Anki while working on our PhDs in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. We worked on everything from machine learning to walking robots to autonomous vehicles. With the help of iOS devices, we are bringing these robotics and artificial intelligence technologies out of the lab and into people’s lives.
And we’re starting by reinventing the way people played. Today, after over half a decade of working on Anki, we are so excited to give you a peek at our first product, Anki Drive.
Assisting me today is Brad Neuman, Robotics Research Engineer at Anki. Now, we’re going to start by sharing some of the technology under the hood. As we have these cars go through a few formations, realize that each of them is completely driving themselves and our app is coordinating the entire experience over Bluetooth Low Energy. The cars can control their speed and they steer on the track by doing the same computations your brain does when you drive. They sense where they’re located and they react to their surroundings all in real time.
This red car, he’s our hero, Aiden. We designed him and all the other cars to be incredibly smart. Five hundred times per second, they’re running logic to sense a track, their position on it, adjusting their steering and speed and communicating back and forth with our AI engine on that iPhone.
I’ll let Aiden join his friends and tell him to hit the gas. Watch this. There we go.
All right. So, as Aiden weaves through the pack, our app knows everything that’s happening in real time. It’s analyzing thousands of potential actions every single second. And not just for Aiden but for every single car. We are using iOS devices not just as remote controls but as the brains behind an immersive real world experience.
And that is what lets this bring these cars to life. Now let’s do something interesting here. Brad. He’s going to tell these other cars to try to block Aiden. And just to be clear, none of this is choreographed. All we’re doing is defining a new objective for each car and they’d figure out the rest.
Here, Aiden, he’s using the exact same logic he was using before, sensing where he is and reacting to the other cars as he looks for an opening. Expect now, these other guys are on a mission to try to block him.
Luckily, Aiden is equipped to handle any situation. Weapons enabled.
This is a video game in the real world. We can customize everything in software from the characteristics of the vehicles to the weapons that they can use. We are taking all of the things that we love about video games and programming them on to physical characters you can actually touch.
With Anki Drive, we use this technology to take gaming to a whole new level. And the real fun starts when you take control of these cars yourselves. With your iPhone or iPod Touch, you can play against your friends or you can challenge– take your chances against the AI.
We are bringing video games to life on the floor of your living room. Keep your eyes out for Anki Drive coming to Apple Stores and Apple Online this fall. And we just pushed the Anki Drive app today so you can download it and get a deeper look. We are a robotics and artificial intelligence company and what you see here is only the beginning.