Apple Pulls New York Times App From China Store

Apple Pulls New York Times App From China Store


The App Store is a platform for developers to sell their apps and is important for Apple because it is a key feature for customers when they buy one of its devices such as an iPhone or iPad. As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store.

Traditionally, Apple retains 30 cents for every dollar that moves through the store, though it recently implemented a new policy that allows developers to keep a greater percentage of revenue.

Between in-app purchases on Madden football, Jurassic World, Deer Hunter and Rollercoaster Tycoon, my household contributed to about $65 of those New Year's day sales.

Meanwhile, China Central Television, a propaganda arm of the Communist Party and the country's largest TV network, launched a new global platform on New Year's Day to try to improve China's image overseas.

Since developers make about 70 per cent of an App's price tag in the App Store - Apple gets the other 30 per cent - a quick calculation would suggest there was more than US$28.6 billion in App Store sales past year and more than US$85.7 billion since it first opened. According to Phil Schiller, the company's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, this was thanks to a combination of in-app purchases, paid downloads and fees for subscriptions.

When the situation changes, she added, Apple will offer the app again for download in China. The App Store in December logged its highest-grossing month in its history, generating some $3 billion in revenue.

The App Store's subscription billings reached $2.7 billion in 2016, up 74 percent from 2015.

But it was Pokemon GO, released earlier in the year, that was the most downloaded app. However, there are other countries where sales have rapidly increased.

Over the holidays, Apple removed the New York Times mobile apps, both the English-language version and the Chinese-language version, from the App Store in China. GreatFire also suggested that Apple's compliance was because of a Times exposé that was in the pipeline on Chinese subsidies to Foxconn, the company that runs the factory in China where Apple's iPhones are built. No comments have been made about this removal.

  • Terrell Bush