Apple hopes that their team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, and transform the "design, quality and performance of their apps" on the iOS platform. Currently, tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS and Apple hopes this new initiative will provide further specialized support for them.
Bengaluru, the home of India's startup scene, has over one million people that work in the tech sector, and over 40 percent of graduates from local universities specials in some form of engineering of information technology.
“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 which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.”
Apple plans to hold briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers each week. The facility will also provide support and insight on Swift, Apple's programming language.
“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.”
“We have worked closely with Apple to transform the Snapdeal app and offer our users the best possible experience,” said Snapdeal co-founder and CEO Kunal Bahl. “Apple’s expert guidance on the interface and user experience has helped us build an app that our consumers love. We are thrilled Apple will have a local presence which will amplify our efforts to develop more high-quality apps for our digital commerce ecosystem.”
“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,” said NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar. “The skills and training they gain through this effort will significantly improve their app design and help them reach a broader market. Initiatives like these move the country forward in our efforts to advance a growth-led and sustainable technology sector.”
Apple's iOS App Design and Development accelerator is expected to open in early 2017.