By some measures, over a million iOS apps have been developed by this point, and Apple reports over 40 billion total app downloads from the App Store. Yet there are some indicators that developers are becoming less interested in continuing to push out more grist for the Apple app mill.
According to data from Freelancer.com (PDF), which maintains the biggest online outsourcing marketplace in the world with 4 million job postings and 7 million users, iOS development job postings dropped in the final quarter of 2012 for the first time ever. iPhone jobs dropped 3.8 percent to 5,298 jobs from the previous quarter, the site noted, and iPad jobs fell 14 percent to 2,036 jobs from Q3.
Meanwhile, during the same period, Android development gigs were up by 7 percent to 4,282 jobs and postings for Microsoft desktop app makers more than tripled to 1,923 jobs with the release of Windows 8.