There was a time, not so long ago, when all of the large signs planted outside of McDonald's franchises proudly declared "Over 99 billion served." (Trust me, I'm from Illinois, home base for the world's largest fast food chain; I think we have one on just about every street corner.) That number was static for years. As a kid, I remember wondering just when the franchise would hit the 100 billion mark. I didn't realize until later that none of the signs had room for a three-digit number. It seems that McDonald's executives didn't have much confidence in their ability to hit a target that large.
But they did. In fact, McDonald's sold its 100 billionth hamburger in 1996, about 46 years after first opening its doors. (Or opening its first doors.) Sybase uses this statistic in a new infographic to highlight just how impressive it is that Apple is on track to sell its 100 billionth app through the App Store in just five and a half years. Today, only three years after launching, the Store has moved about 15 billion apps -- and consumers continue to download 31 million every day. And while Google's Android is currently trailing Apple (and launched months after), projections based on accelerating growth suggest that it could hit the 100 billion mark first.