Ten years after US tech giant Apple Inc launched its App Store, the number of Chinese developers tops 2.2 million and they have become a leading force in app development, said Apple’s China chief. “Chinese app developers are leading the world in terms of app downloads and revenue, and have grown to be a very admirable community of innovators,” Isabel Ge Mahe (Ge Yue), Apple’s Vice President and Managing Director of Greater China, told Xinhua on the sideline of the China International Big Data Industry Expo 2019 on Sunday.
“Through Apple’s App Store, their products have entered the global stage and many of them have become successful cases internationally.” She citied the global success of short video sharing app TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, and the apps developed by China’s Palace Museum, as examples of China’s innovative ability. TikTok has 75 language versions and is liked by users from over 150 countries and regions, while the 11 apps developed by the Palace Museum have been downloaded by over 5 million users across the world.
She said Apple’s China team had taken a series of steps to encourage home-grown apps to go global and used its experience and resources to help promote them to the global market. “In the area of mobile Internet, China has become a spotlight of the world,” Ge said. “We are proud to make our contributions to China in this digital age and work with Chinese partners for innovative development in the industry.”
Apple launched a programme to provide digitalised pre-school and vocational education to students in less developed areas in China, with a donation of 25 million yuan ($3.7 million) to the China Development Research Foundation.