Apple has announced its first iOS App Design and Development Centre in Bengaluru with CEO Tim Cook visiting India this week. Earlier on Wednesday, IndianExpress.com reported that Tim Cook had visited Mumbai’s Shiddhivinayak temple after a slew of business meetings.
“India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world,” Cook said in a press statement. “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.”
The iOS App Design and Development Accelerator is expected to open in early 2017. Apple’s new development centre is an “initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community,” says the company.
Apple’s team will work to instruct and encourage iOS developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.
At the centre, Apple’s experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, which is Apple’s programming language to help build apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
“This is a huge vote of confidence in India’s developer community and a tremendous opportunity to gain world-class design and development expertise,” said Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal. “Apple’s support will help drive growth and accelerate progress among the country’s vast talent pool.”
“We have worked closely with Apple to transform the Snapdeal app and offer our users the best possible experience,” said Snapdeal co-founder and CEO Kunal Bahl. “Apple’s expert guidance on the interface and user experience has helped us build an app that our consumers love. We are thrilled Apple will have a local presence which will amplify our efforts to develop more high-quality apps for our digital commerce ecosystem.”
“Apple’s investment in Bengaluru through its iOS Development Accelerator will have far-reaching effects for the area’s rapidly growing and highly talented developer community,” said NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar.
“The skills and training they gain through this effort will significantly improve their app design and help them reach a broader market. Initiatives like these move the country forward in our efforts to advance a growth-led and sustainable technology sector.”