iMessage App Store nears 5,000 apps

New data from SensorTower says that the iMessage App Store has almost 5,000 apps six months after Apple opened the store; however, growth is slowing.

Within the first 10 days of the iMessage App Store’s launch, SensorTower’s data showed that the number of iMessage enabled apps had reached 400, not accounting for stand-alone sticker packs. 

Between its launch month of September and the end of October, the number of iMessage enabled apps had grown by approximately 116% to nearly 1,100. A month later, the number had grown by 108% to approximately 2,250.

By December, the month-over-month growth rate had slowed to 65%, with slightly more than 3,700 iMessage enabled apps available worldwide. This growth slowed further still in the first two months of this year, at approximately 18% between December and January and 9% between January and February.

The iMessage App Store, which is available for iOS 10 users, features sticker packs. In addition to the sticker packs, it offers iMessage apps and games.