This week, Apple has shown another sign that China is one of its priority markets when opening the first center for application developers in the Asian country, according to the local newspaper Shanghai Daily.
The design and development acceleration center is located in Shanghai (east of the country) and will help serve 2.5 million application developers running on Apple devices.
The center will provide technical assistance to developers through conferences, seminars and training, among other activities, and responds to the demand of Chinese developers, who until now complained about the difficulty of communicating with the company and its regulatory team.
China has more than 2.5 million applications developers from Apple and since 2010, when the App Store made its debut in China, the national developers have won more than 200 billion yuan in the sale of applications in the world.
In addition to this new center, Apple has four R & D centers in the country located in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Suzhou, with a combined investment of 3.5 billion yuan and employing about 1,000 people dedicated to hardware innovation, software and services. At the end of 2018 the company had a total of 51 retail stores in the Asian country.
In full tension between the United States and China
The opening of this center takes place in the midst of a crisis between the United States and China due to a commercial war in which technology is one of the main battles, as demonstrated by the veto of the Chinese Huawei technology.
Apple is one of the most prominent companies that has made public its dissatisfaction with the situation, and sent a letter to the US authorities in which they asked that no new tariffs be applied to imports from China, as they would affect products such as the iPhone and “reduce” the firm’s contribution to the national economy.
In fact, the CEO of the company, Tim Cook, already warned in early January about the impact in a letter to shareholders, which revised down the revenue expectations and warned about the fall in sales of the iPhone, in large part due to the bad moment of the Chinese economy and the impact of the commercial dispute. Cook himself recently met with Trump to convey his concern about the commercial tension.
The two nations are now in full negotiations to try to end the conflict, which is now experiencing a truce since the meeting of Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump during the last G20 summit in Osaka (Japan).