Apple Makes New Language Localization Options Available to App Store Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced that it has rolled out support for six new languages and their corresponding localized App Stores for developers using iTunes Connect to submit their iPhone applications.
    The newly-supported languages include:

    - Brazilian Portuguese: Brazil App Store
    - Korean: Korea App Store
    - Portuguese: Portugal App Store
    - Russian: Russia App Store
    - Simplified Chinese: China App Store
    - Swedish: Sweden App Store

    A lack of localization for applications and their instructions have been cited among the many challenges faced by the App Store in China.

    Article Link: Apple Makes New Language Localization Options Available to App Store Developers
  2. Yvan256 macrumors 601

    Jul 5, 2004
    And don't forget that sometimes a country has more than one official language, such as Canada.
  3. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    It's going to be interesting to see how this slows down the App approval process. "After a highly publicized dispute, Steve Jobs had to review the App himself and he said 'huh??? what??? it's not even in english!'"

    I have a feeling this is going to open up a lot of loopholes and backdoors for foreign developers.
  4. MacFly123 macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
    Who does the translation? Do the developers have to get that done? So what does the localization service provide exactly? Sounds like a lot of work!
  5. miketcool macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    What's so wrong with filtering search results by language? If you're a chinese business person living in New York, would have to go to the localized app store to find a chinese language app?
  6. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    I think you're all a bit confused about this piece of news. Localization is nothing new. There are already plenty of localized apps in the store.
    What's new is that Apple is adding support for these six new languages in addition to the ones already supported.

    Therefore, overall impact on the store and relevant procedures is, at best, minimal.

  7. 2992 macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2009
    I'm here. Here! Can't you SEE MEE?!
    how about if I'm not in the US but I want to use English?!
  8. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    Why? There were already a bunch of languages and have been for a long time.

    A person who knows the language. (Or Google...but that's not a good idea. ;) )


    What service? There are more languages available now than there were before, that's all.

    Kind of, yes.

    Change the store to the U.S. store. In some cases it's enough to have your language settings on English. (e.g., just setting the store to Japan won't get you Japanese text for app descriptions--if available--you have to set your computer to Japanese as well.)


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