Apple opens first accelerator in China to support app developers

Apple Inc has opened its first design and development accelerator in China to tap into the country’s growing innovation prowess and vast market, according to local reports.

This is also the company’s second such centre in the world.

Located in Shanghai, the project will serve 2.5 million developers in the country working on applications that run  on Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, Mac and iWatch.

The centre, located in the Pudong New Area, provides technical support to developers through lectures, seminars, experiments, training and various community events.

“Developers here in China are leading the world with some of the most popular apps on the App Store, and we are proud to be providing this additional support for them,” Xie Enwei, Apple’s head of developer relations (Greater China Region), said in a statement.

App Store set its footprint in China in 2010. Since then, domestic developers have earned more than 200 billion yuan ($29.4 billion) through selling applications on Apple devices globally, with over 30 per cent of earnings coming in the past year alone, said Apple.