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It's been an interesting year for Apple since the last WWDC, with news about falling stock paired with news about the App Store hitting a 50 billion download milestone and the iPhone's strong showing domestically. But according to Apple CEO Tim Cook's introductory note for WWDC 2013, things are looking great for the Cupertino, California based tech giant.
Cook started out with a recap of the success of the Apple retail stores over the last year, citing that there are now 407 stores in 14 countries. He also introduced their new Berlin store, even including a video showing Berliners enjoying the store and playing up its location in a 100 year-old theater. Surprisingly, Apple chose to retain its former purpose to an extent. "The theater is integral to the building but separate from the store and we'll be hosting many events throughout the year," Cook said, adding that "Berlin is a fantastic store in a great location. Only Apple could do this."
Cook also reminded visitors of the App store's recent 50 billion download milestone, adding that there are now over 900,000 apps in the store with more than 90 percent of those witnessing at least one download a month. On our side, there's 575 million accounts with most using credit cards to make purchases. Indeed, in Cook's words, "We have more accounts with credit cards than any store on the internet that we're aware of."
Keep checking back for more of our coverage for WWDC 2013!