Apple CEO Tim Cook has already arrived in India, and one of his first announcements was the launch of an iOS app ‘Design and Development Accelerator’, which will come up at Bengaluru in 2017. There’s quite a bit of buzz around what Cook has in store during his first-ever India visit. One of the reports states that Cook could inaugurate a development center for digital maps in Hyderabad. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
Apple’s plans to set up a technology development center in Hyderabad has been in the news for the past couple of months now. If reports are to be believed, Cook is set to inaugurate this development center as early as tomorrow. A development center with focus on digital maps could mean that Apple Maps will eventually start working in India. Despite launching a couple of years back, Apple Maps are literally unusable in India with no turn-by-turn navigation or any other features, prompting iOS users to migrate towards Google Maps. Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Apple already does a lot of software research and development work in India via its partners. However, so far the software development work has mostly focused on global services. Apple is changing that by focusing on improving its services, apps and even hardware distribution and retail in India. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
In contrast to the global scenario, India is like a shining beacon for Apple. Despite growth stalling in many of its markets, iPhone sales in India grew over 50 percent. India is a priority market for Apple, and the company plans on improving its market share of a measly two percent.
Cook is expected to use the trip to discuss Digital India and Make in India plans, the opening of Apple Stores in India, and could also look into all the opposition Apple has been facing for its plans to import and sell refurbished iPhones in India.