iTunes App Store, which was launched back in 2008 with the introduction of iPhone 3G and iPhone software 2.0 (now iOS) has just passed a quarter million apps mark this Friday, with more than 50,000 developers working on them. As of the time of writing this article, the tally stands at 252,227 apps to date. This includes apps for all iOS based devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If inactive apps are to be counted, then the number of apps go way above 300,000. The Graph below shows the rapid rate at which the App Store is growing.

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Expect Steve Jobs to announce this milestone at the upcoming “Special Event” at the San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Theater on this Wednesday.

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The rate at which the App Store is growing, we can expect it to hit the 300,000 milestone within a few months time. This inventory of apps gives Apple a huge edge over all other major mobile platforms like Android, Windows Phones, BlackBerry and Symbian.

Check out our iPhone Apps Gallery and iPad Apps Gallery to explore more apps for your iPhone and iPad. [148Apps.biz via Fortune Tech]

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