Apple has confirmed that it will be opening a new development office in Hyderabad with over 150 employees. The company’s statement comes after news report had indicated the same.
The reports had quoted Jayesh Ranjan, IT secretary of Telangana, who had said that the confirmation would take place once the MoUs were signed with Apple. The development centre will be dedicated to improving Apple Maps.
In an official statement, an Apple spokesperson said, “We’ve been investing to expand our operations in India and are thrilled to have passionate customers and a vibrant developer community across the country. We are looking forward to opening a new development office in Hyderabad that will be home to over 150 Apple employees supporting maps development. The office will also have space for many contractors who will support our ambitious efforts locally.”
Apple also pointed out that this was not their first development centre part outside the US. The company had opened one in Italy in January of this year.
Apple has already indicated that it will start taking the Indian market more seriously. In the latest results announced by Apple, iPhone sales were up 76 per cent in India for the quarter.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the earnings call that the company plans to invest in India for a long term.
“India is incredibly exciting. It is one of the fastest growing economies, and is also the third largest smartphone market in the world, after China and US. In India, the median age for the population is 27, in China that’s nearly 36 years. I see the demographics there being incredibly great for a consumer brand, and for people that really want the best product,” Cook had said.
The Cupertino-based tech giant also saw its India revenue rise by 38 per cent.