In order to support the iOS developers in India creating mobile apps full of innovation, Apple has announced to set up an app design and development centre in Bengaluru, the tech city of the country. Tim Cook arrived in India last night and has a meeting scheduled with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials.
The Apple iOS app design and development centre is expected to be ready by 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, specialised support for them,” Apple said in a statement.
As per the plan, engineers from Apple will work directly with the Indian developers teaching them the best practices leading to skill improvements. The purpose is also to transform the quality, performance and design of the iOS apps.
“India is home to one of the most vibrant 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,” Tim Cook said.
Check out all the Apple devices
At this centre, experts from Apple will take brief sessions and also provide one-on-one reviews for the app developers. The centre will also focus on support for Apple’s programming language Swift which is used to build apps for Mac, iOS, Apple Watch and Apple TV.
Apple CEO is also expected to meet telecom industry executives and government officials to talk about manufacturing and network expansion in India. It was in an interview earlier this month where Cook stated that he sees a “huge market potential” for Apple products in India and that the company is really investing time and effort into it.
There has also been a proposal sent by Apple to the Indian government for allowing the sale of refurbished phones in the country. There has been no final official word on the same yet.