Apple to open iOS app design and development accelerator in India in 2017

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in General Discussion edited May 2016
As expected, Apple late Tuesday announced plans to open a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India, where developers will learn a variety of skills for coding on Apple's software platforms.




Called the "first of its kind," Apple's Bengaluru center will be provide specialized access and support to local developers looking to build iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch apps, the company said.

"India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. "With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we're giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world."

Apple selected Bengaluru for its burgeoning tech scene. The company said there are more tech startups in the region than any other part of India, and with more than one million people working in the tech sector represents fertile ground for Apple. In particular, over 40 percent of local university graduates focused their studies on engineering or information technology, Apple said.

As for Apple's upcoming facility, the company plans to make instructors and experts available for weekly briefings on a number of topics. Developers will be able to take advantage of one-on-one app reviews and learn about the Swift programming language, among other assets.

The India initiative is expected to serve a similar function to Apple's European iOS development center in Naples, Italy, which will provide developers with the practical skills and training they need to contribute to the app ecosystem.

The Bengaluru facility is slated to open in early 2017.

Apple is in the midst of an aggressive push into India, a developing market primed for growth. The company earlier this year opened a tech center in Hyderabad, while efforts in the consumer space include late-stage talks with government regulators regarding the opening of Apple Stores in the country.

Today's development comes ahead of Cook's arrival in India. The Apple chief is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week.
sanjeev.balaji

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,369member
    Hey how about you open one around here in the U.S.? It's like my fifth year now not getting picked for WWDC.  Would be nice to help our your developers that are making top-rated apps and could use some financial and/or technical assistance.
    calihjmnl
  • Reply 2 of 12
    I'm very excited that Apple is finally expanding into India. I've been waiting for this for years.
    sanjeev.balajianantksundaramcalihjmnl
  • Reply 3 of 12
    Heading could be.. Apple to open iOS... ... in addition to hundreds of existing engineers contracted by Apple to develop leading iOS and MacOS Apps.

    Most techies in Bengaluru/India working on many bundled iOS apps as well as core iOS libraries including Apple Pay.

    It's fact that the tech leaders in organisation are moving upwards in hierarchy. Which is evident from Google-Sunder, Microsoft-Satya, Nokia-Rajeev, MasterCard-Ajaypal, Adobe-Shantanu, Softbank-Nikesh. Wont be surprised if someone from techside leads apple at headquarters in future. 
    edited May 2016 anantksundaram
  • Reply 4 of 12
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    Heading could be.. Apple to open iOS... ... in addition to hundreds of existing engineers contracted by Apple to develop leading iOS and MacOS Apps.

    Most techies in Bengaluru/India working on many bundled iOS apps as well as core iOS libraries including Apple Pay.

    It's fact that the tech leaders in organisation are moving upwards in hierarchy. Which is evident from Google-Sunder, Microsoft-Satya, Nokia-Rajeev, MasterCard-Ajaypal, Adobe-Shantanu, Softbank-Nikesh. Wont be surprised if someone from techside leads apple at headquarters in future. 
    Good point. I hadn't even noticed this. 
  • Reply 5 of 12
    rogifan_newrogifan_new Posts: 4,297member
    jkichline said:
    Hey how about you open one around here in the U.S.? It's like my fifth year now not getting picked for WWDC.  Would be nice to help our your developers that are making top-rated apps and could use some financial and/or technical assistance.
    Apple doesn't have problems selling phones in the USA so Apple doesn't need to suck up here.
  • Reply 6 of 12
    irelandireland Posts: 17,799member
    Early 2017? Why wait?
  • Reply 7 of 12
    tmaytmay Posts: 6,441member
    Heading could be.. Apple to open iOS... ... in addition to hundreds of existing engineers contracted by Apple to develop leading iOS and MacOS Apps.

    Most techies in Bengaluru/India working on many bundled iOS apps as well as core iOS libraries including Apple Pay.

    It's fact that the tech leaders in organisation are moving upwards in hierarchy. Which is evident from Google-Sunder, Microsoft-Satya, Nokia-Rajeev, MasterCard-Ajaypal, Adobe-Shantanu, Softbank-Nikesh. Wont be surprised if someone from techside leads apple at headquarters in future. 
    Apple is still primarily a manufacturing company, so I don't see any software guys being CEO of Apple anytime soon. That doesn't mean that there couldn't be any East Asians or specifically Indians as CEO in the near future, just that they won't come from the software ranks. Right now, Jeff Williams, who started his career as a Mechanical Engineer, looks to be the best bet to replace Tim Cook, who started his career as an Industrial Engineer, when that time comes.

    John Sculley started his career as an architect.

    Michael Spindler was an engineer but I don't know the specifics.

    Gil Amelio had a PhD in Physics and was a semiconductor guy.

    Mike Markulla was an electrical engineer.

    Steve is difficult to define other than a creative and visionary.
    edited May 2016
  • Reply 8 of 12
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,407member
    tmay said:

    Steve is difficult to define other than a creative and visionary.
    One thing he wasn't is a manufacturing guy. 
  • Reply 9 of 12
    tmaytmay Posts: 6,441member
    tmay said:

    Steve is difficult to define other than a creative and visionary.
    One thing he wasn't is a manufacturing guy. 
    Nope, but he wasn't a software guy either.

    If Apple is serious about building a car, then look at the major auto companies if you want an idea of who might be the next CEO of Apple.
    edited May 2016
  • Reply 10 of 12
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,407member
    jkichline said:
    Hey how about you open one around here in the U.S.? It's like my fifth year now not getting picked for WWDC.  Would be nice to help our your developers that are making top-rated apps and could use some financial and/or technical assistance.
    Why do you think that opening a center in India is mutually exclusive to opening one in the US? And what does the fact that you did not make it to WWDC have to do anything? It's all available online if you're interested. What will being physically there do for you that you couldn't get from Apple's online resources?
    cali
  • Reply 11 of 12
    isteelersisteelers Posts: 738member
    jkichline said:
    Hey how about you open one around here in the U.S.? It's like my fifth year now not getting picked for WWDC.  Would be nice to help our your developers that are making top-rated apps and could use some financial and/or technical assistance.
    Apple doesn't have problems selling phones in the USA so Apple doesn't need to suck up here.
    I agree that there is a little sucking up going on, however, China and India are where the growth is going to come from so it makes since to open up shop there.  It has no downside and could be very beneficial to Apple's future. 
  • Reply 12 of 12
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    tmay said:
    Heading could be.. Apple to open iOS... ... in addition to hundreds of existing engineers contracted by Apple to develop leading iOS and MacOS Apps.

    Most techies in Bengaluru/India working on many bundled iOS apps as well as core iOS libraries including Apple Pay.

    It's fact that the tech leaders in organisation are moving upwards in hierarchy. Which is evident from Google-Sunder, Microsoft-Satya, Nokia-Rajeev, MasterCard-Ajaypal, Adobe-Shantanu, Softbank-Nikesh. Wont be surprised if someone from techside leads apple at headquarters in future. 
    Steve is difficult to define other than a creative and visionary.
    Jobs was a classic Product Manager guy. 
    tmay
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