Apple Making Big Push to Attract Chinese App Developers

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    China has become a major focus for Apple in recent years, with the company seeing tremendous opportunities for growth in the region and working to build out China-specific software features to help attract users. These features occasionally also receive brief stage time at Apple's media events, as with iOS 8 at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference, highlighting the country's importance in Apple's eyes.

    Apple software chief Craig Federighi highlighting China-specific improvements in iOS 8
    Apple is also working hard to attract Chinese app developers to its ecosystem, increasing its staff in the country and streamlining the customer experience, according to Bloomberg.
    The report highlights Apple's fifth-place market position for smartphones in China as motivation for Apple's initiative. Apple's ecosystem in China has also been challenged by the fact that many apps designed for Westerners don't translate well to the Chinese audience, with many developers not even making their apps available in the country. As a result, Apple's Chinese App Store includes just 150,000 applications, far fewer than the over one million apps available in the U.S. store.
    Apple's efforts to attract more Chinese developers do appear to be paying off, with the country now ranking number two behind the United States in App Store download volume and the number of registered developers in China doubling over the past year. Still, it's clear there is much more potential left in the Chinese market for Apple, and the company is working hard to capture developers and users alike to boost its standing.

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  2. macrumors regular

    May 3, 2012
    Chinese are all about copying each other, so they have plenty of Chinese App Developers...

    Copy everything in the current app store into Chinese and call it original! :apple:
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2013
    4 8 15 16 23 42 ✈ Country: Belgium
    As long as it gives Apple more Chinese consumers, why not.
  4. macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
  5. macrumors 68040

    Sep 4, 2009
    It is already being done. One of the biggest poaching moves these days is to get an iPhone app concept and move it to Andriod. At times, the IP holder ends up licensing the brand to the Andriod app house.
  6. nerdAFK, Jun 6, 2014
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    macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2014
    Can't deny that a large portion of them are doing this.
    But never ever assume everybody in the same culture does the same thing.
    One doesn't even have to know China that well to know this.
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Italy, Germany
    Does Iphone 5 not have turn by turn navigation yet? Coming a decade after the competition gives it out as a standard feature?
  8. macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
    I'm going to say something controversial:

    There goes another toy market...
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2012
    couldnt care less, good for apple i guess, hope they dont start to bug me/us with chinese improvements nobody cares about
  10. macrumors 68000

    Aug 23, 2011
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    If you've ever been to China hong Kong and or taiwan you would know nearly 10/10 people never buy legitimate software even when the storefront has legit software showcased. Apple should understand the mentality of Chinese people the "P" in PROC doesn't stand for people it stands for piracy!
  12. macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    The Chinese don't generally pay for software. Theres a huge library of apps that require jail breaking to use. It'll be interesting to see if Apple can shift the mindset to paying for apps. Amazon is doing something similar with the Kindle mind paying for ebooks.
  13. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    Apple failed to meet the minimum standards Chinese or Korean customers wanted. Screen was too small. Most of them have already switched to Android. iPhone 6? It's too late...
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Absolutely right on the mark. Even the old lady janitors use GS4 screen sized phones and most celebrities use HTC Samsung and the iPhone is only shown in public as a brand name item. That's the only reason to use apple is for the brand only.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2011
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2013
    For the sake of China, I wish Apple could just revolutionize the whole concept of VPN. I can soon count the remaining uncensored websites on one hand.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    Well, obviously you've never been there, since you are sprouting total nonsense.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Apr 28, 2003
    Apples Chinese mapping service (autonavi) is an absolute pile of crap, so any improvement would be welcome!
  20. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2008
    Yes, and they get 30 percent of sales on top of that...with the piracy that is so rampant in that market, every legitimate revenue stream made is a boost.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    So does US mapping; two-year-outdated POIs.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2013
    How bad is it? If you're in China, Apple Maps is locked to China, China and only China, even through VPN.
  23. macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2008
    There's been turn by turn navigation since IOS6 but it was originally only supported in the US and some European countries. Google Navigation doesn't appear to be supported in China yet.

  24. macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2011
    3 countries for tax benefit
    Chinese will never develop for Apple, too difficult to make spyware, hackware, and steal personal data with all the App Store restrictions.

    I already avoid all food from China, now Apple users have to watch out for other toxic atrocities coming from there in the form of software on our phones. China is a shining example of everything wrong with mankind.

    Thanks Apple.
  25. macrumors regular

    May 3, 2012
    This is why apple developers struggle, because there is no incentive to try hard and produce good software when the mindset is to "pay nothing" and "IP is BS"

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