Tim Cook is in India. And it's not just to experience the nation’s famous summer heat. Apple Chief Executive on Thursday opened its first development centre in India. Located at Hyderabad, the facility would be working on Apple Maps feature of 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,” Cook said in a statement on the website of Apple, the world’s biggest company by market value.
Working in partnership with Noida-based RMSI Pvt. Ltd, the centre is set to create employment for 4000 people. RMSI Pvt. Ltd a company that provides geospatial and software services, has already had experience in this domain, working with Google Maps. This investment by Apple in partnership with RMSI Pvt Ltd is to accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs. “Apple is one of the most innovative companies in the world and we are very proud they chose us to partner with for this important project,” said Anup Jindal, RMSI’s CEO in the press release given by Apple. “We are experts in geospatial data and we will be hiring thousands of people from the local area to support this effort.”
Apple has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, and tools to help customers find convenient places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas. With an aim of providing a support to Apples initiatives of making Apple Maps more user friendly and adding features like offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walk tracking, the facility is setup at Wave rock IT campus.
Echoing Apples spirit of increasing its presence in India, Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao said “We are honored Apple chose Hyderabad as a home for its Maps development office. 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.”
But this this is just a part of Cooks vision for India. Giving hints of furthering the relationship that Apple has had with one of the biggest markets for handheld and mobile communication devices, announced future investments and partnerships in India to create new markets and support the growing base of iOS developers in India. Without revealing details, Cook said the company would “introduce” more universities and partners around Hyderabad to Apple’s platforms as the company scales its operations.
“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.” said Tim Cook in a statement. Apple also announced on Wednesday said it will open an app design and development accelerator in Bengaluru, India’s startup hub to help developers build apps for its platforms. Across India, Apple supports over 640,000 iOS app developer jobs and other positions related to the iOS ecosystem. The accelerator is expected to open in early 2017.
This move from the technology giant comes at the backdrop of the first fall in quarterly sales that Apple has experienced in a while. On the 25th of April, Apple shares dropped significantly after the company reported a nearly 13% fall in quarterly sales, the first time revenue at the world’s most valuable publicly traded company has declined in 13 years. Exploring options to create new markets, Tim Cook’s new focus seems to be on the booming mobile markets in India. This visit also gives him a chance to interact with developers and build structures to support its growing base in India