"The iPad2 is equivalent to a 1986 Cray II supercomputer. It was the pre-eminent computer in the world. In 1993 the iPad2 would have been considered one of the 30 fastest computers in the world."
George Colony, CEO, Forrester
Needless to say, computers have got a lot better in recent years. The age-old theory that processing doubles every 18 months and storage doubles every 12 months, all the while becoming cheaper means that our hand-held devices now contain even greater potential than ever before. Much of this potential is being channelled through apps, and with sales of smartphones having now surpassed 1 billion this year, this isn't a trend that will be dissipating anytime soon.
App culture has become ubiquitous; Google's Our Mobile Planet series shows featured app stats for a variety of countries, including who has the most, who can't live without them, and the free/paid for ratio. According to the stats, Japan is the most ‘appy', but Germany is amongst the most keen to pay. But whichever country you view the stats for, the numbers point to more apps being used by more people - both app use and development have spread like wildfire across the world.