After flying out from China where Apple announced a $1 Bn investment in the local ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing, Apple CEO Tim Cook has landed in India to announce a new iOS app design and development accelerator in Bangalore. The initiative will support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The iOS App Design and Development Accelerator is expected to open in early 2017.
Apple’s team will work to instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform. Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift™, Apple’s intuitive programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Tim Cook stated, “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 Bangalore, we’re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.”
Tim’s announcement to open the app design centre in Bangalore received a huge welcome from the Indian startup community. Deepinder Goyal , CEO at Zomato, stated, “This is a huge vote of confidence in India’s developer community and a tremendous opportunity to gain world-class design and development expertise. Apple’s support will help drive growth and accelerate progress among the country’s vast talent pool.”
Similarly, Snapdeal’s co-founder Kunal Bahl was also thrilled by Apple’s decision to establish a local presence in India. Kunal said,
“We have worked closely with Apple to transform the Snapdeal app and offer our users the best possible experience. 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.”
NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar also hailed the move saying that Apple’s investment in Bangalore through its iOS Development Accelerator will have far-reaching effects for the area’s rapidly growing and highly talented developer community. He added, “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.”