"If you've ever used an iPhone or an iPad, then you know mobile apps are one of the hottest things in technology today. Apps have made software development one of the fastest-growing job segments in the U.S. today. We estimate that the App Store has generated nearly 300,000 new jobs in the U.S. App developers have earned over $9 billion from apps sold on the App Store -- half in the last year alone. None of that economic activity was there five years ago. But Apple took a bold step in developing the App Store, and the app economy was born."