While speaking at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen organized by the Cybersecurity Administration of China yesterday, Tim Cook said Chinese developers earned more selling apps on App Store then developers from any other country. Apple’s chief executive stated the number of developers on Apple’s iOS platform stands at 1.8 million in China and they earned a total of112 billion yuan ($16.9 billion), a sum which is around 25% of all global App Store earnings. Earlier this year, the iOS giant said that the global developer community earned somewhat over $70 billion since 2008.
“The theme of this conference – developing a digital economy for openness and shared benefits – is a vision we at Apple share,” Cook stressed. “We are proud to have worked alongside many of our partners in China to help build a community that will join a common future in cyberspace.”
The comments come as Apple is facing criticism from local users and rights groups for operating in line with demands made by Beijing cyber regulators. In line with the latest of these requirements, Apple removed hundreds of apps from its Chines store this year including messaging apps such as Microsoft Skype and various private network (VPN) services. The reason that Apple is bowing to the Communist Party’s pressure li the s in fact that China is its third-largest region by sales.
“Much has been said of the potential downsides of AI, but I don’t worry about machines thinking like humans. I worry about people thinking like machines,” Cook also noted. “We all have to work to infuse technology with humanity, with our values.”