Just a day after announcing its new app accelerator for India, Apple has confirmed a new development office in Hyderabad that’s dedicated to Apple Maps. The investment will provide around 4,000 jobs and accelerate development of Apple Maps.
“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,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
“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.”
Apple Maps was greeted with overwhelming criticism when it launched with iOS 6 in 2012, and even led to the firing of former iOS chief Scott Forstall. Since then, Apple has taken big steps to improve the service, and to make it significantly more reliable.
Apple Maps now boasts some unique features you won’t find elsewhere, including 3D views and Flyover, and with iOS 9, it gained super useful transit directions. But Apple is still hard at work on making the service even greater.
Located on the Waverock campus, the company’s new facility will provide a “world-class, LEED-certified home for the expanding Maps team.”
India, like China, has become a huge focus for Apple in recent years. In addition to its new app accelerator and Maps team, Apple is also working to open its first Apple Stores locally, which will make its devices more accessible.
Apple says it also supports over 640,000 app developer jobs in India, and other positions related to the iOS ecosystem.