Ten years after US tech giant Apple propelled its App Store, the number of Chinese developers tops 2.2 million and they have turned into a leading force in app development, said Apple’s China chief.
“Chinese app developers are driving the world as far as app downloads and income, and have become a truly 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 items have entered the worldwide stage and a significant number of them have turned successful cases internationally.” She cited the worldwide success of short video sharing app TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, and the apps developed by China’s Palace Museum, as instances of China’s innovative capacity.
TikTok has 75 language versions and is enjoyed by users from over 150 countries and regions, while the 11 apps developed by the Palace Museum have been downloaded by over 5 million clients all over the world. She said Apple’s China team had found a way to encourage home-developed apps to go worldwide and used its experience and assets to help elevate them to the global market.
“In the area of mobile Internet, China has turned into a spotlight of the world,” Ge said. “We are glad to make our contributions to China in this advanced age and work with Chinese accomplices for innovative development in the industry.” Apple has launched 4 R&D centers in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Suzhou employing an aggregate of over 1,000 people committed to innovation in hardware, software, and services Ge said.
The Apple-China chief additionally hailed the smooth progress of the development of Apple’s first China data center in Guiyang, including that Apple had gotten enormous support from the local government in the project. Mutually built by Apple and Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Company, the Guizhou office, with a budget of 1 billion US dollars, started construction in March. It will be Apple’s 3rd after the data centers in the US and Denmark.
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From February 28 a year ago, Apple’s iCloud services on the Chinese territory started to be worked by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Company, a move Ge said gave better services for Chinese Apple users. She repeated Apple’s long-lasting commitment to protecting clients’ privacy and data security.
“There is positively no so-called backdoor in Apple items,” said Ge. “Securing privacy is our top priority in planning Apple products and services.” Apple has likewise been an active advertiser of using digital technology in conquering the gap in educational resources and helping China’s fight against poverty, according to Ge.
In 2018, Apple propelled a program to give digitalized pre-school and vocational education to students in less developed territories in China, with a donation of CNY 25 million ($3.7 million) to the China Development Research Foundation. “We firmly trust that education is the ideal way to improve people’s livelihoods and handle inequalities in development,” Ge said.