18/05/2016 10:18 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Apple Announces iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru

The Apple logo is seen atop the Apple Store Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Apple has announced today that it is going to open an iOS app design and development center in Bengaluru. This initiative is taken by Apple to support the development community in India who are making apps for the devices such as iPhone and iPad.

This app development center is the first of its kind in Asia. The purpose of this centre is to help the developers make better apps with the help of the experts from the company and outside. Apple will work with them to provide guidance on various aspects such as design, quality, and function of the apps. The center will be opened in early 2017.

“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, ” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in a press statement.

The company plans to schedule expert sessions every week. And the app developers will get one-on-one review sessions with the Apple team for the improvement of the app. The Cupertino-based company is pushing their own programming language Swift, which was first announced in 2014.

India's startup community applauded the announcement. "Apple’s support will help drive growth and accelerate progress among the country’s vast talent pool," said Zomato's CEO Deepinder Goyal.

“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. NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar said that the center will help in the growth of the talented developer community present in India.

Apple is going to open their stores in India by the end of 2017 in four cities as per a report in Factordaily. Earlier this year, Apple had announced their first app development center for Europe in Italy.

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