Apple is planning to open a center in Bangalore, India, to help support and develop app makers, as it looks to the country to stoke future growth for its iPhones and other products, the company announced on Wednesday.
The Cupertino, CA-based technology giant said it will establish an "iOS App Design and Development Accelerator" which is set to open in early 2017.
As part of the initiative, Apple will hold briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers creating software for the company's products such as the Apple Watch or iPhone. Developers will get support and guidance on using Swift – Apple's programming language that is used to build apps.
"With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we're giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a press release on Wednesday.
Bangalore – known officially as Bengaluru – is seen as India's major technology hub. Some of the country's most successful start-ups fromUber to rival Ola and e-commerce player Snapdeal are based there. Over one million people in the city work in the tech sector, and over 40 percent of graduates from local universities specialize in engineering or information technology, Apple said.