Apple Setting Up India Based Development Center for Maps

Continuing his attempt to woo customers as well as developers in India, Tim Cook the Apple CEO said on Thursday that the company would open a development center in Hyderabad in the southern part of India for its Maps product.

Earlier this week, Apple announced it would be setting up in early 2017 a facility in the city of Bangalore that would focus on helping the developers to improve design, quality as well as performance of apps on the platform iOS.

Cook is visiting India for the first time. The company has seen growth year on year of more than 56% in its sales of iPhones during the first quarter, even as global sales for its iPhones and revenue overall dropped.

Apple’s new development center will be focusing on Maps for Apple products’ development, such as for the iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac.

The tech giant’s investment will accelerate the development of Maps and will create over 4,000 jobs, said the company.

The company, based in Cupertino, California did not say how large the investment was for the center, although some reports placed that figure at over $25 million.

A number of different companies based in the U.S. including Oracle, Texas Instruments, IBM and Microsoft have set up chip design, software as well as development centers across India as a way to tap into the large engineers pool in India.

Cook via a prepared statement said that the talent in India is incredible and the company was looking forward to increasing its relationship and to introducing more partners and universities to the Apple platforms as operations are scaled.

India is the third biggest market for smartphones in the world, following China and the United States, according to online research company Gartner.

India has considered new regulations on geospatial data collection, which would require several security clearances for collecting mapping data in the country followed by its dissemination online.

That could have a huge negative effect on the maps that are crowd sourced and other innovations. The rules might not affect the new center opening for Apple, which appears as being focused on the development of product features instead of data collection.

Cook is scheduled to have a meeting with Narenda Modi the Prime Minister of India as well as other officials from India during the week.

It is expected that he will address the request by the company for importing refurbished iPhones, which is a move that would make the smartphone more affordable in a market that is very price sensitive.

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