Apple and Asian Developers

arn

macrumors god
Original poster
Staff member
Apr 9, 2001
14,509
1,792
This article reports that Apple is looking to increase the number of Asian developers:

APPLE Computer Inc hopes to triple the number of developers using Mac OS X to develop software in the Asian region within the next five years.

Leon Chen, Apple’s partnership manager for worldwide developer relations in the South Asian region, said that he hopes to get about a 50% increase in the number of developers within Malaysia by year’s end; the number is currently about 250.
 

Peter_Nestor

macrumors newbie
Apr 4, 2002
4
0
Boston
Hmm

I think that apple is just trying to get a couple of their old employees back to help fine tune firewire 2.

Michael Johas Teener, Zayante's chief technology officer, was the chief architect of Apple FireWire technology. He worked at Apple from 1988 to 1996. Another Apple alumnus now at Zayante is senior systems engineer Jay Hamlin, who contributed to FireWire and Apple's Pippin device. (cnet.com)

Maybe apple just needs these two experienced guys to help perfect a curent product.
 

Mr. Anderson

Moderator emeritus
Nov 1, 2001
22,561
0
VA
Re: Hmm

Originally posted by Peter_Nestor
I think that apple is just trying to get a couple of their old employees back to help fine tune firewire.
Are you in the right thread?

Zayante is in California, not Malaysia. But as for the article, its seems there trying to woo cheap labor, not that there is anything wrong with that. And more Apps developed for OSX the better.
 

kishba

macrumors 6502a
Dec 11, 2001
610
0
Michigan
This story makes me question why Apple is putting such a high focus on foreign countries... I like what they're doing, though

Does Microsoft do a good job in foreign markets at all? All I know is Apple hyped its "language is a preference" feature during the development of OS X

I guess I'd like to find out why Apple is starting to become so active in Asia
 

rjgjonker

macrumors member
Dec 7, 2001
62
0
Apple's foreign markets position

Originally posted by kishba
This story makes me question why Apple is putting such a high focus on foreign countries... I like what they're doing, though

Does Microsoft do a good job in foreign markets at all? All I know is Apple hyped its "language is a preference" feature during the development of OS X
Unfortunately, yes. In Holland (where I live), Microsoft has a very strong position and Apple doesn't even come over 5% market share. I know Holland is a very bad example, other European countries (especially Germany and France) are much more "Appled". Japan is also a strong market for Apple, with a market share of more than 30%.

I don't know what Apple's position in the US is, but it's probably not that high, because Macs are more expensive than Windows-based alternatives.
 

kishba

macrumors 6502a
Dec 11, 2001
610
0
Michigan
Re: Apple's foreign markets position

Originally posted by rjgjonker
I don't know what Apple's position in the US is, but it's probably not that high, because Macs are more expensive than Windows-based alternatives.
hehehe.... Apple only has 5% in the US as well

Does M$ do a good job of implementing multiple languages into Windows/Office, etc?
 

Mr. Anderson

Moderator emeritus
Nov 1, 2001
22,561
0
VA
Re: Re: Apple's foreign markets position

Originally posted by kishba

Apple only has 5% in the US as well
I'm beginning to wonder about this. A lot of people I know some I've seen posting here have more than one machine, of both Apple and MS or Lynux. This 5% doesn't seem right to me, and if you look at the number of iBooks, iMacs and TiPB Apples been selling, it seems it should be larger, or at least take into account that there is more than 'just' Apple, or 'just' MS.
 

rjgjonker

macrumors member
Dec 7, 2001
62
0
Re: Re: Apple's foreign markets position

Originally posted by kishba


hehehe.... Apple only has 5% in the US as well

Does M$ do a good job of implementing multiple languages into Windows/Office, etc?
Not in Dutch, at least. They used to do it, however, but it wasn't sold enough, because most Dutch people (including me) are fine with English. I think most software (including M$'s) is available in at least English, German, French and Japanese.

An important factor is whether most people native to a certain language speak English. It's known that, for example, the French are not very willing to learn other languages, partly because English is more diffiicult if you're used to a Roman language.

Another factor is how many people are native to the language in question. It's more interesting to translate something for 150 million German-speakers than for 1.500 people who speak Nunagonou :)
 

748s

macrumors 6502a
Dec 14, 2001
685
24
Tiger Bay
rjgjonker.......AH! yes.....what a fine place to live is amsterdam. I managed 6 months before it was timw to move on. i was living on the number 2 tram line from centraal. had to get off at jacque o'brecht. lived at a mad house! some insane "pubs" around hat area.
as far as %'s are concerned, the APPLE is currently at 2% where I'm at, AU. and falling!
M$ is dominating the planet because of their appeal to accountants.
the lowest common denomnator........make yourself attractive to the most feeble minded on the planet and you will dominate.
now accountants will always see themselves as the superior live form.......as we all know.......LIFE IS PAINTING A PICTURE NOT DOING A SUM!
feeble = M$....