Apple has announced the opening of its new development office in Hyderabad, India that will focus on Maps development. The new facility located on the Waverock campus, will provide up to 4,000 jobs to the locals, according to Apple in a press statement.
The $25 million (about RM100 million) development center will help to accelerate the development of Apple’s Maps, where the company have had a rough start since its debut. Apple has added a slew of features since- including 3D views, Flyover, public transit and etc. – but it still lags behind of Google Maps in terms of global coverage.
“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.”
Cook is currently on his first official visit to India, a potentially high-growth market that is critical to Apple’s future growth. The company also plans to open an iPhone manufacturing plant in India, according to a recent report.