Apple, Inc. announced Wednesday it will open a development center for design and development of apps for its iOS mobile operating system in the Indian tech startup capital Bengaluru (also known as Bangalore). The company said it “will establish a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene” that will “support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community.”
In a statement announcing the new center, CEO Tim Cook said: “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 Bengaluru, we’re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.”
Cook is in India on his first official visit to the country as Apple CEO. He arrived Tuesday after wrapping up his visit to China, where Cook announced a $1 billion investment in local ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing.
“Apple’s investment in Bengaluru through its iOS Development Accelerator will have far-reaching effects for the area’s rapidly growing and highly talented developer community. The skills and training they gain through this effort will significantly improve their app design and help them reach a broader market,” R. Chandrashekhar, president of NASSCOM, a trade association of India’s information technology industry, said.
Cook is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week. The two had previously met during Modi’s 2015 visit to Silicon Valley.