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Apr 12, 2001

China has "shattered" records with the highest iOS revenue quarter reported to date, for any country that has been tracked by app intelligence firm App Annie. In total, the country is now the number one largest market in the world for App Store revenue on Apple's iPhone and iPad devices, with its record-breaking number sitting at $1.7 billion for Q3 2016.

China is now 15 percent ahead of the U.S. in terms of iOS App Store revenue, with the U.S. sitting just below $1.5 billion on the charts. The U.S. had been the number one market in iOS revenue since 2010.


App Annie's report notes that Chinese iOS users spent five times more in applications on iPhone and iPad than they did just two years prior. Much of China's growth is estimated to be on the back of the Games category, a section it also bested the U.S. in during Q2 2016. Much of that is attributed to the worldwide success of Pokémon Go, which is described in the report as achieving "unprecedented global revenue."

Besides gaming, popular categories in the iOS App Store in China are Entertainment, Social Networking, Books, and Photo and Video apps. Each category has seen impressive growth from the year-ago quarter, with Entertainment apps increasing 3.5 times from its Q3 2015 revenue and all of the top categories more than tripling in revenue year over year.


App Annie predicts that iOS revenue for China will continue to grow, and the country will eventually "drive the largest absolute revenue growth for any country by 2020." Elsewhere in Apple's presence in China, the company recently announced plans to build a new R&D center in Shenzhen, with a focus on "strengthening relationships" with local partners and universities across the country.

Article Link: China 'Shatters' Records and Overtakes U.S. in App Store Revenue by 15% Margin


macrumors 6502a
Jun 30, 2008
Evidence that a locked down environment can even hinder a notorious software pirating country like China!


macrumors G3
Nov 26, 2007
Every time China's population is mentioned, this is what comes to mind:

Great line that had a dramatic effect on my teenage self.

Lulz about genocide.


Maybe China has a lot fewer Pokestops, so they get fewer free pokeballs and need to buy more than you would if you were in the US? Or is Pokemon Go not in China?


macrumors 6502a
Dec 21, 2015
First the app store. Next, the world! Build the wall Trump! (Its a joke, relax)


macrumors 68000
Dec 2, 2013
Wow. That's pretty cool. So the next time Tim is talking about China a bunch we'll see if he brings this up.


macrumors 68030
Jun 6, 2005
China will overtake the USA in basically everything category.
Yes. Every product, every service, every movie, everything. 1.2 billion cannot be wrong.

And it's awesome. A country completely destitute from stupid policies has lifted hundreds of millions from crushing poverty by being more free. It's a beautiful thing.


Feb 11, 2008
And this is why China matters, and expect apple to focus its future efforts on china.


macrumors 603
May 14, 2012
I wonder if I can sell my app in the U.S. App Store in the China App Store? I know some Mandarin.
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