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Tim Cook in India – New Accelerator Program, Development Centre, CoE and more..


Tim Cook’s visit to India has been one of the most followed events in the recent weeks. He spent close to five days in India which included meeting our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various industrialists, celebrities and application developers.

During his visit, Apple spoke about its plan to establish a design and development accelerator in Bengaluru. This is expected to open early 2017. In this program, Apple will work with developers to inspire and instruct on best practices, help them build, shape their skills, transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform. Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews to developers. This facility will also provide support and guidance on the Swift programming language. This initiative will provide great opportunity to gain world-class design and development expertise, specialized support for developers from India who already build great iOS apps today!

Tim met with India’s top iOS developers and discussed various ideas on how Apple can help them get even better.

The second biggest news was the company announcing its plan to open up a new development Center in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development for Apple products. This development center is also expected to open up around 4000 job opportunities. This new facility will be located on the Maverick campus. Apple is looking forward to expand inside the country and also plans to introduce more universities and partners to its platform as they scale their operations here. Apple is looking at India as an investment destination, in addition to pushing the product sales in the country.

This is also a big thing for the region – considering the fact that other top companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook have already setup their development centres in Hyderabad.

Other than these announcements, Tim visited G Narayanamma Institute of Technology and Science (GNITS) for Women, where he signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims at bridging the gap between academics and industry. He launched a research-oriented app development lab in the college, where Apple contributed high-end Mac systems to the lab. According to college authorities, specialised app developers from Apple were training students to enhance their knowledge of MacOS, iOS and related future technologies. This centre of Excellence is one of its kind in India and 3rd in the world for launching the MAC lab CoE.

During an interaction with the students – Tim Cook briefed on how to get into top companies like Apple. One should Think differently, Be of high integrity, Communicate effectively, Work with the group without ego; and Be able to propose & understand new ideas, he said. 

Tim also met a couple of telecom operators here in India and discussed about the investments and engineering that’s going on for enabling better 4G adoption in the country. While speaking to the media, he was really optimistic that there would be a huge difference with the 4G experience by the end of this year. He further explained about the importance of Telco Partnerships as the marriage between the incredible device and network that will give customers the ability to experience great things.

“We are not in India for a week or a quarter. We are in India for the next thousand years. Our horizon is very long. We are focused on best, not most. So, it doesn’t bother me that we don’t have top market share. I don’t have the goal to have the top share next week or next quarter.” – Tim Cook

Talking about Apple’s plan to sell Refurbished phones in India, Tim explained the fact that, they would never sell a product that they didn’t think was right. Further, this program has been in force in many countries and they plan to offer it here in India as well. Apple India is just waiting to get into an agreement with the government for the same.

I honestly feel, more than selling refurbished phones in India, It would be great if Apple plans to setup a factory in the country which would not just make products, but disassemble old phones and make refurbished phones for the world. That would mean so much exclusiveness, fantastic exposure for the market and even more job opportunities for people.

Summing up, it looks like a great trip and also a productive one for both Apple and India. Thank you for the visit Tim.