In line with Apple CEO Tim Cook's first visit to India, Apple has announced its plans to establish a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, an initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India's iOS developer community. The iOS App Design and Development Accelerator is expected to open in early 2017.
"India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we're giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world."
With thousands of developers in India making apps for iOS platforms, this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them. Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple's programming language created to build apps.
Cook is on his first visit to India in the capacity of the CEO of the Cupertino giant. While the former leader of the company, Steve Jobs, did not acknowledge India as an important growth market for Apple, of late Cook has been focusing on the Indian market. During the India visit, Cook is expected to meet top telcos and politicians. He is also likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday, before his trips ends on Sunday.
During the recent result announcement, while the global sales for iPhone fell for the first time, India was the only country with where the sales rose 56 per cent in the January-March quarter from the last year. While the increase in sales was primarily because of the low-cost iPhone5S, Apple acknowledges India as a huge potential market for the company.
As Cook will be in Hyderabad tomorrow, Apple is expected to announce a digital maps centre in Hyderabad.