Tim Cook told the Chinese language edition of Bloomberg Businessweekthat developers are showing more interest in the early stages of the Apple Watch’s existence than they did for the iPhone and iPad following their debut.
Developers are working on more than 3,500 apps for the gadgets, he said. That’s well ahead of the 500 apps available for the 2008 edition of the iPhone and the 1,000 for the first iPad in 2010, he added.
Cook also confirmed that the gold color introduced first for the iPhone, and soon followed by the iPad and MacBook, was in part driven by the Chinese consumer’s affinity for the color. Greater China is responsible for 29% of Apple’s revenue.
Cook also noted that Apple is supporting a tech education program in China’s school systems. More than 180 schools are currently participating in a trial program that offers subjects from how to compose music in GarageBand, to teaching hearing-impaired children how to use smartphones.