Like ’em or loathe ’em, you can’t help but be impressed. This is what the Apple iTunes App Store is doing right now. It’s a live feed of the 20,000 most popular applications in real-time plus a five minute delay. Each time one of them blinks, it’s being downloaded onto an iPhone or iPod Touch somewhere in the world. Take a look…
It’s like watching camera flashes at the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games. If you pause the video to read the display, which is sitting outside Apple WWDC, you’ll see that it’s approx 3,000 apps per minute. A very nice advert for would-be developers.
Look to the right and you’ll notice the installation is run on 20 Mac Pro towers with OS X Snow Leopard all synchronised on 20 HD 30-inch Apple cinema displays. Pretty good advert for their hardware too.
I’m not in San Francisco, I’m not going to lie to you, but I’ve got my finger on as many internet pulses as I have fingers and if you keep refreshing this page, I promise you’ll have the word from their mouths before Phil Schiller (and Steve Jobs?) have even spoken them. All the important news and none of the ambience right here.