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13:31  06 december  2017
13:31  06 december  2017 Source:   reuters.com

Apple's Tim Cook says developers have earned $17 billion from China App Store

  Apple's Tim Cook says developers have earned $17 billion from China App Store Apple Inc's chief executive Tim Cook said developers using its platform in China number 1.8 million and have earned a total 112 billion yuan ($16.93 billion), representing roughly a quarter of total global App Store earnings. Cook shared the data on Sunday during a speech at China's top public cyber policy forum, organized by the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), which oversees internet regulation including censorship.Earlier this year, Apple said that developers had earned roughly $70 billion in total revenue through the store.

Apple Inc is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be reinstated, the U. S . tech giant' s Chief Executive Tim Cook “My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that’ s been pulled , come back .

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Apple Inc is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be reinstated, the U. S . tech “My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that’ s been pulled , come back .

Tim Cook et al. standing in front of a crowd: Apple's Tim Cook after product launch event in Cupertino© REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo Apple's Tim Cook after product launch event in Cupertino Apple Inc is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be reinstated, the U.S. tech giant's Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday.

Cook, speaking at the Fortune Forum in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, also stressed that he believes strongly in freedoms, in comments after a U.S. democratic senator's remarks on Tuesday that Apple had a moral obligation to promote free expression.

Apple is facing criticism from local users and rights groups for bowing to pressure from Beijing cyber regulators after it decided to remove dozens of apps from its Chinese store this year, including messaging apps and virtual private network (VPN) services, which help users subvert China's Great Firewall.

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HONG KONG, Dec 7 — Apple Inc is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be reinstated, the US tech giant’ s Chief “My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that’ s been pulled , come back .

"My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that's been pulled , come back . I have great hope on that and great optimism on that," Cook said, adding that he always tries to Many of the top games on Apple ' s China App Store are made by Tencent, which creates value for both firms.

"My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that's been pulled, come back. I have great hope on that and great optimism on that," Cook said, adding that he always tries to find areas to work together and if he gets criticized for that, so be it.

App stores run by Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google generate billions of dollars in revenue globally for them and China is a key target market as its users rely heavily on their phones for daily tasks ranging from grocery shopping to booking nail appointments.

Cook said he couldn't be happier with how the iPhone X is doing in China, Apple's third-largest region by sales although it has lost market share there in recent years as high-end handsets from local rivals continue to gain traction.

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Cook said he remained optimistic that the apps from Apple ' s Chinese store this year will eventually be reinstated. — Reuters. "My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that's been pulled , come back .

(Reuters) — Apple is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be “My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that’ s been pulled , come back . I have great hope on that and great optimism on that

Tencent Holdings, China's biggest social network and gaming company, was a great partner, Cook said, adding that he thinks very highly of its founder, Pony Ma.

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HONG KONG, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Apple Inc is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with "My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that' s been pulled , come back . I have great hope on that and great optimism on that

Apple Inc is optimistic that some of its popular apps removed from its China App Store this year to comply with government requests will be “My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that’ s been pulled , come back .

Apple and Tencent had a spat earlier this year after Tencent launched mini programs on its WeChat app, which created an ecosystem of apps within the app and threatened to become an operating system of its own.

The two companies are seen to have made peace recently, with the Apple China App Store starting to accept WeChat payments from late August.

Tencent founder and chairman Ma, who spoke at the same forum immediately after Cook, said WeChat, with its mini-programs, could be the starting point to build a future where there are no more apps.

Many of the top games on Apple's China App Store are made by Tencent, which creates value for both firms.

Cook said Apple welcomes the WeChat ecosystem as it in fact lowers the cost for Android users to switch to the iPhone's iOS system, which he said has around 15 percent of the smartphone market in China.

"Tencent’s ubiquity in China plays to our advantage. Because WeChat works great on the iPhone, and because you can leave the Android ecosystem and go to iOS without losing all of the things you’ve built," he said.

(Reporting By Sijia Jiang and Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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