Cook cares about appeasing two people - Xi and Trump. The Chinese and American people, not so much.
Apple removed over 30,000 apps from its iOS App Store in China on August 1, according to China-based analytics biz Qimi Data. The takedown largely focused on games, which accounted for almost 27,000 of the delisted apps, Qimi Data said. That represents nearly half of the roughly 64,000 games that are paid or include in-app …
If the app developers are unhappy about it, they can always release the app installer (.ipa) on their own website / shop.
And if users cannot install .ipa because the phone OS is a locked down piece of crap then... oh well, hopefully the developer will have more foresight in their future products.
If, as the article eludes to, these were mostly games that the developers where failing to comply with a Chinese regulation and have had since 2016 to sort it out, then I am not sure what the issue is.
Have Apple offended developers by removing Apps that were non-compliant with local law?
Have Apple offended the Chinese regulators because it took them so long to remove the non-compliant Apps?
I would have thought that the point of the Chinese App Store was for just this reason so is the Chinese censorship (or in there work, complying with local regulation) or Apple censorship?
That Apple can remove or block any Apps or developer in any App Store as they see fit is a different issue.
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