Apple opens India-based mostly improvement middle to work on its maps providers
Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner is within the center a busy journey to Asia’s two largest nations. Final week, he was in China the place Apple introduced a landmark billion greenback funding in Uber rival Didi Chuxing, this week it’s India the place the bulletins are persevering with to circulate.
Yesterday, Apple introduced plans to open an “an app design and improvement accelerator” in Bangloare, and at present it formally opened a improvement middle in Hyderabad, the identical metropolis the place Uber’s help middle is housed. That is Apple’s first such facility in India.
Plans for the middle first leaked out in January, and Apple at the moment confirmed that it is going to be targeted on creating its maps providers for iOS. The U.S. agency plans to create as much as four,000 jobs to employees the middle, though it isn’t clearly precisely the way it will contribute to Apple’s maps providers.
Apple is growing its efforts in India, the place it has lower than one % of the quick-rising smartphone market. I wrote extra concerning the firm’s challenges in India yesterday, so head over to that publish (right here) if you need extra context behind at this time’s announcement.