Apple, the global technology giant has started its new center in Hyderabad. This is the first development centre in India in Hyderabad, which will work on Apple Maps, the company’s digital maps and navigation service. The company has also announced setting of an app development centre in Bengaluru.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who visited India for the first time, opened the facility in Hyderabad on Saturday (20th May, 2016), which will employ around 4,000 people.
Inaugurating the facility, the Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “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”. Without revealing further details, Cook said the company would introduce more universities and partners around Hyderabad to Apple’s platforms as the company scales its operations. He added “I view India as where China was maybe 7-10 years ago from that point of view, and I think there’s a really great opportunity there”. Apple is also partnering with RMSI, an authorized reseller of Google Earth Enterprise and Google Maps, for the Apple Maps project. A majority of the workforce at the facility will also be employed by Noida-based RMSI Pvt. Ltd., which provides geospatial and software services.
The GIS and map initiative (in Hyderabad) is a well-thought decision by Apple because of the huge talent pool in the city. The main reasons behind selecting Hyderabad are that there is a significant amount of mapping done in Hyderabad that can be used by the mobile phone industry. The talent pool for mobile phone companies to develop their capabilities in GIS and mapping and the ecosystem to support this industry is also fairly well established. Several Hyderabad based companies in the city are already working on 3D modelling, GIS, terrain visualization and location intelligence.
Apple CEO Tim Cook later met the Indian PM Narendra Modi and discussed various manufacturing and retailing possibilities in the country. The Apple chief’s meeting with the PM assumes significance and comes at a time when India is seen as the brightest spot for Smartphone companies worldwide, while world over the shipments are expected to decline. With its sales falling in China, its largest market until recently the global technology giant is betting big on India and its young population for its next phase of growth.