Steve JobsThe iPad reached a new milestone today as the App Store now carries more than 100,000 apps tailored specifically for Apple’s tablet.

The first Apple iPad was released to much fanfare in April 2010 and the brouhaha continued with the launch of the more powerful iPad 2 in March. The iPad asserted its dominance over other consumer tablets in good part through the number of high-quality applications its platform provides.

It only took 16 months for the iPad to hit six figures, and the count does not include all the iPhone apps that also run on the iPad. The iPhone took more than two years to hit the 100,000 marker but now counts more than 425,000 apps.

The other major mobile app store, Google’s Android Market, only carries about 1,400 apps optimized for tablets. In total, the Android Market carries around 300,000 apps but as you can see, most of those are meant for Android phones and not tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Motorola Xoom.

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