Apple today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of its Maps product. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs, says the company.
“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,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in a press statement. “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.”
In India, Apple Maps has remained a neglected feature and doesn’t offer the kind of options that Maps does in the US, Europe and China. In these countries Apple Maps includes features like 3D views, Public Transit system, options for shopping, coffee, restaurants, etc. But now with a new dedicated development office for Maps in India, it looks like Apple plans to change all of this.
The new facility, located on the Waverock campus, will provide a world-class, LEED-certified home for the expanding Maps team, says the company.
“We are honoured Apple chose Hyderabad as a home for its Maps development office,” said Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao in a statement. “This will create thousands of jobs here and is a testament to our proactive approach, quality infrastructure and the excellent talent base we have in the region.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook’s India visit has seen two top announcements from the company. Yesterday Apple announced that it will open a new iOS App Development Centre in Bengaluru to encourage start-ups, iOS app developers in India and provide them with guidance.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to meet India’s Prime Minister PM Modi later this week.