California tech giant Apple has revealed the capital of India’s tech scene Bengaluru (previously called Bangalore) as the location for its newest iOS app design and development accelerator to boost the potential of Indian start-ups.
The first-of-its-kind centre will support software developers creating innovative mobile apps in India and is focusing on tapping into the engineering talent that is abundant in India.
Bengaluru is the home of India’s tech scene and tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS.
Bengaluru is now home to more technology start-ups than any other part of India.
More than 1m people in the city work in the tech sector, and over 40pc of graduates from local universities specialise in engineering or information technology.
‘India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world’
– TIM COOK, APPLE
In a move to provide more specialised support for the developers, Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.
“India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
“With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we’re giving developers access to tools that will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.”
The move comes just five months after Apple revealed its first European iOS App Development Centre in Naples, Italy, which will give students practical skills for developing iOS apps.
Accelerating India’s tech capital
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 powerful and intuitive programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Swift enables developers to write safer, more reliable code, save time and create richer app experiences.
A recent report by developer placement firm Toptal shows jobs requesting Swift rose 600pc in 2015.
“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.”
The iOS App Design and Development Accelerator is expected to open in early 2017.
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