Pokemon GO helps App Store sales top $20bn

It is also pretty evident that the tech giant is not going to rub the authorities in the wrong way as although there may have been a slump in the sales of Apple products in the a year ago, China still remains one of the biggest overseas markets of its products and also as the site of its biggest factories. "When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China".

The record caps an incredibly successful 2016 for iOS developers, who earned a whopping $20 billion a year ago - up over 40 percent from 2015.

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller said "We want to thank our entire developer community for the many innovative apps they have created".

According to Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, the App Store made over $20 billion for developers in 2016, a 40 percent increase over past year.

The top grossing apps of the past year included Monster Strike, Fantasy Westward, Clash Royale and Pokemon Go. This increase was helped by the popularity of its most played games such as Super Mario Run and Pokemon Go and revenues advanced due to subscription.

Just what those regulations might be wasn't specified and Apple isn't saying.

Customers made purchases topping $3 billion in December from the App Store.

Apple Inc has removed the New York Times Co's English- and Chinese-language news apps from its iTunes store in China on the request of the local authorities, the companies separately said today. Apple pay saw quite a lot of transactions in the month of September and Apple music hit 20 million subscribers past year.

Since the App Store first opened its doors in 2008, developers have been paid over $60 billion, Apple says.

The Times had asked Apple to reconsider its decision, to no avail. The app managed to work its way into the top 10 most downloaded apps for 2016, which is particularly impressive when you consider that it only launched in December. Despite the fact that the websites are blocked, Chinese readers can still download these apps for app stores.

Apple has previously removed non-prominent apps from its China app store.

  • Joey Payne