Apple seems to be going big guns when it comes to India, right after announcing an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru it has now announced development Office in Hyderabad. This new office in Hyderabad will be focused on development of Maps for Apple devices and will eventually create 4,000 jobs.
This is what Tim Cook had to say about the new office, “Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” he further added that “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.”
Apple has been putting in a lot of efforts in making its Maps offering better so that they can compete with the likes of Google Maps and Here Maps. It has also introduced new features like Flyover, information about the public transport and other transit related info. The new Hyderabad facility will be located at Waverock campus and will be hosting the Maps team in world class accommodation. On a related note Apple had recently opened up Europe’s first iOS App Development center in Italy.
Apple is moving towards strengthening its ecosystem and thanks to the economy of scale India has figured out as one of the most dynamic market on their radar. It won’t be surprising if Apple in the future decides to setup a manufacturing facility in India. It is also interesting to know that across India, Apple supports more than 640,000 iOS app developers and others who are involved with the iOS ecosystem. That apart, with the new App design center, Accelerator and the development office for Maps, the Cupertino company is definitely bullish on its Indian prospects.