New Delhi. Tech giant Apple going to set up an app design and development centre in Bengaluru supporting developers in India and creating innovative mobile apps for its iOS platform.
The announcement comes in the plate with Apple Chief Tim Cook visit to India. Cook, who arrived in the country last night, is scheduled to meet PM Narendra Modi and other officials as part of his trip.
However, the company is still not disclosing the investments for the initiative but the centre is expected to open in early 2017.
“The company will establish a design and development accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS (foundation for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). This initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them,” Apple said in a statement.
Apple’s team will work with developers on best practices, helping them perfecting their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, it added.
“India is home to one of the most energetic and entrepreneurial iOS Development communities in the world. With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we are giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world,” Cook said.
The Apple CEO’s visit comes at a decisive time when the company is focusing on new growth markets like India after stating its first-ever decline in iPhone sales.
In an interview earlier this month, Cook had said Apple sees a “huge market potential” for its products in India and that it is “really putting energy” in the country.
Apple has also sent in a proposal to the Indian government for selling refurbished phones in India. However, no official call has been taken.