Apple has 5 million developers in China, up from 4.4 million last year

From Ma Si and Cheng Yu's "China Daily talks with Apple CEO Tim Cook on AR, Chinese developers and more" posted last week on China Daily:

In the interview, Cook also spoke highly about Chinese app developers' innovation capabilities. "Chinese developers have always been at the cutting-edge, and continue to grow. I can't wait to see what they are going to do next."

Currently, Apple's iOS app ecosystem has more than 5 million third-party developers in China, up from 4.4 million about a year ago.

The double-digit growth showcases the resilience and enthusiasm of Chinese app developers who embrace the App Store to seek mobile growth opportunities amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

App developers from China continue creating new businesses and innovating in the fast-changing environment of the past two years, and are helping to build one of the most prosperous global markets today, experts said.

My take: Imagine that! Tim Cook also mentioned how excited he is about AR. Those remarks got pretty widely covered.


  1. Fred Stein said:
    And they’ll buy high-end Macs. The ROI for performance is strong.

    And they’ll upgrade their Macs, increasing the user base as older models go to friends, family, or resale market.

    Few analysts see the value of the Mac franchise.

    June 23, 2022
  2. Miguel Ancira said:
    I don’t know how that compares to android, but there are so many news articles like this that shows that what we know versus what the company is working on is just the tip of the iceberg.
    An iceberg of good news.

    June 23, 2022
  3. Jeff Galanti said:
    It cannot be overstated how well Apple has skated the fine line between China and the US during the tariff fight and as we inevitably move toward a cold war with them. If and when tensions between the US and China get ramped up, Apple will be one of the last companies punished because of the number of jobs that they are directly and indirectly responsible for and the citizens’ affinity for Apple products. That being said, Apple is wise to be moving quickly to diversity its and its partners’ manufacturing bases so that there is no one single point of leverage that could cripple them.

    June 23, 2022

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