Tech giant Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is scheduled to meet Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and its Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao during his Hyderabad visit today.
Cook is also scheduled to visit the company’s upcoming technology development centre, which is expected to be ready by early 2017.
The set-up in Hyderabad will be the mega-brand’s first technology centre outside the US.
The Californian-based tech giant said in a statement that this investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.
“We are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” Cook said.
“The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations,” he said.
Apple has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, the Flyover feature and tools to help customers find convenient places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas. With iOS 9 Apple added Transit, offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world.
The new facility, located on the Waverock campus, will provide a world-class, LEED-certified home for the expanding Maps team.
“We are honored Apple chose Hyderabad as a home for its Maps development office. This will create thousands of jobs here and is a testament to our proactive approach, quality infrastructure and the excellent talent base we have in the region,” said Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao.
“Apple is one of the most innovative companies in the world and we are very proud they chose us to partner with for this important project. We are experts in geospatial data and we will be hiring thousands of people from the local area to support this effort,” said Anup Jindal, RMSI’s CEO.
Across India, Apple supports over 640,000 iOS app developer jobs and other positions related to the iOS ecosystem.
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