(Yicai Global) June 20 -- Apple Inc. [NASDAQ:AAPL] has removed more than 20,000 Chinese applications from its App Store, including over 10,000 games, Ittime.com.cn reported today, adding that more apps are still being taken down.
Market insiders believe the reason lies in the global tech giant's decision to ban the use of 'hot code push,' an updating method commonly used by Chinese mobile developers to update games without Apple's approval.
This is the second time the California-based smartphone maker has riled up China's developers, after it slapped a 30 percent charge on 'tips' paid through apps in the country. Apple previously told developers to remove tipping functions from their apps, which allow viewers to give donations to content creators, and threatened to remove them from the app store.
It later changed its tune and decided to cash in on the practice, which is common within China's internet industry. Chinese media outlets have gone as far as to say that Apple has "declared war" on the nation's developers.
A number of insiders said the mass culling could be to get rid of apps using hot code push, and issue a warning to developers. The cut has also seen 27,000 American apps lose their place in the App Store.