There’s never been any doubt that Apple’s iOS App Store has been wildly successful. It seems that a few times every year since the Store’s inception, Apple has announced that it has reached another milestone in terms of app downloads. Today, the day before CES officially starts, Apple has announced the App Store’s newest milestone: 40 billion downloads.

Apple says that those 40 billion downloads are thanks to a current (and growing!) app library of over 775,000 apps. That, unfortunately, is a lump sum of every app in the App Store, and not split up between iPhone- and iPad-only apps.

Of course, an ecosystem is nothing without people to buy into it – and Apple says that its walled-garden is home to over 500 million user accounts that have contributed to those billions of

Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue had this to say about the company’s latest achievement:

“It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community. Developers have made over seven billion dollars on the App Store, and we continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can create the most innovative apps in the world.”

In the press release, a number of developers had nothing but good to say about Apple’s ecosystem – obviously – but it should show that developers big and small are still interested in the hundreds of millions of users of iOS devices.

[Apple via Mac Rumors]