The purge of the App Store was done to maintain the quality of the store and that the user had only quality content when purchasing applications. This has had a side effect, it decreases the number of apps in the store.
For the first time in the history of the App Store and after a decade of growth, the number of available applications is lower than last year. During 2017 the App Store grew from 2.2 million applications to just 2.1 million applications. 5% less apps and games within the Apple platform.
This decline is not only due to the elimination of low-quality applications, but also because developers released fewer applications. For example, around 755,000 applications and games have been released in 2017, a decrease of 29%. Why is this? It is not entirely clear, but perhaps something has to do with the fact that “template-based applications” can no longer be published.
Whether it is good or bad that there are fewer applications depends on the interest of each user. There are people who prefer to have a greater variety and filter what interests them or not, others however seek to have a smaller but higher quality offer . Apple has opted for this second option and has also promoted it with the editorial content of the App Store, where we see recommendations and compilations of many applications on a daily basis.