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Apple on Saturday removed nearly 30,000 apps from its Chinese App Store due to the apps lacking an official license from local regulators, reports Reuters.

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The report, which cites data from research firm Qimai, says that 90% of the apps removed were games. The report also mentions that over 2,500 additional apps were removed from the China App Store over the first week of July.

Apple in February gave app developers an initial June 30 deadline to prove they had a license for their games, and the company last month froze updates for thousands of iOS mobile games lacking an official license.

Apple on July 8 reportedly warned developers of app removals should their apps not meet regulatory requirements.

Apple sent a reminder to game developers July 8 about its plans for the removal if they didn’t meet regulatory requirements for payments by the end of the month, Qimai said, citing an email from the iPhone maker.

The removal of apps lacking official licenses is said to come from increasing government pressure on Apple to comply with local regulations that have been in place since 2016.

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foobarbaz

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No small developer is going through that trouble. This is a trade barrier, pure and simple. Unfortunately, the government won’t care, since it’s not about manufacturing, plus they kinda already escalated the whole trade war thing.
 
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jaredm1

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As much as I love Apple, my MBP and my iPhone... this is a crucial problem with a centralised App Store - there is only one arm to twist when it comes to governments exerting their influence.

I don't know what the solution is; Apple's policies have largely kept malevolent apps away from users unlike Android which has been plagued by rogue apps.
 

hans1972

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Apple last year removed several apps in Norway which were regarded as illegal in Norway by a government entity. And all they did was writing a letter (which had no force of law) to Apple asking them to remove them.

And no-one cared.
 

budselectjr

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Every single product they manufacture in China and every single dollar they make there signals how ok Apple is with human rights violations and genocide. They are not disavowing what is happening to the Uighurs so they must support it. Same goes for all the other companies that bend over backwards for China.
 

AlexGraphicD

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Every single product they manufacture in China and every single dollar they make there signals how ok Apple is with human rights violations and genocide. They are not disavowing what is happening to the Uighurs so they must support it. Same goes for all the other companies that bend over backwards for China.

According to Apple and the millionaires NBA stars that have sold their souls to the communist regime, oppression and human rights violation is a phenomenon that is being present only in the land of USA and nowhere else in the world.
 
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matrix07

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Sure, but Apple could have a backbone and say no.

Reads the topic. it says “China App Store”.
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Every single product they manufacture in China and every single dollar they make there signals how ok Apple is with human rights violations and genocide. They are not disavowing what is happening to the Uighurs so they must support it. Same goes for all the other companies that bend over backwards for China.

Silent acknowledgment.
 

Bandaman

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Every single product they manufacture in China and every single dollar they make there signals how ok Apple is with human rights violations and genocide. They are not disavowing what is happening to the Uighurs so they must support it. Same goes for all the other companies that bend over backwards for China.
I’m always amazed how Tim Cook continues to go on about human rights while still staying in China.

Samsung has been pulling out of China as of last year: https://www.google.com/amp/s/techcr...he-plug-on-chinese-smartphone-production/amp/

I wish others would follow suit.
 
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h3ysw5nkan

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Only those pay-to-win games from large companies will survive in China. How communist China is!
It's to reduce foreign reserve depletion, this has nothing to do with trade with the US. Many game developers are not US-based.
 

AlexGraphicD

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Seriously, why don’t we flood Timmy with emails expressing our thoughts on how unethical it is for Apple to do business with an oppressive authoritarian regime and that they should outsource to other countries instead? Why not make our voices be heard and try to put some sense to this delusional CEO.
 

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Companies like Apple, Google, FB, and other giants should stop doing business in China. Why does China get to dictate what apps are sold in its country while everyone else happily sells China's wares without any issues? Sorry, but this can't stand any longer. Either we stop doing business until they give up these hard line tactics, or we impose sanctions on all apps and other technology products sold in the US by Chinese companies.
 

Tech198

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As much as I love Apple, my MBP and my iPhone... this is a crucial problem with a centralised App Store - there is only one arm to twist when it comes to governments exerting their influence.

I don't know what the solution is; Apple's policies have largely kept malevolent apps away from users unlike Android which has been plagued by rogue apps.

The solution is to teach Chna how to play nice with everyone else. If all we do is run and hide, (by avoiding it) then no one is learning anything,
 
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