In a move aimed towards amping up its mapping capabilities to counter the likes of Google and Here, Apple has announced a shiny new office in Hyderabad, which will focus squarely towards that aim. The move is pretty great news for the ecosystem in Hyderabad too and will help create around 4000 brand new job openings.
Speculation related to the development had been in the air since January, when the Cupertino giant was rumored to be in talks with real estate firm Tishman Speyer for a long term lease of around 2.5 lakh square feet of office space on the city outskirts. The space could have accommodated around 2,500 employees.
In a press statement sent to us, Apple CEO Tim Cook says,
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.
Touching upon Apple’s reasons for choosing Hyderabad as the site for its new offices, Cook added,
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 is no newcomer to the country. Although its iOS devices may not have as strong a following here they have elsewhere, it hosts a strong section of its total developer community here. The company offers almost 640,000 iOS app developer jobs and other positions related to the iOS ecosystem in the country.
Remarking upon the development, Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, who is known as an active leader as far as technology and businesses are concerned, said
We are honored Apple chose Hyderabad as a home for its Maps development office. This will create thousands of jobs here and is a testament to our proactive approach, quality infrastructure and the excellent talent base we have in the region.
Meanwhile, Apple’s maps service, which play an important role in the overall scheme of things, will also receive a major boost. Apple Maps are already top-notch and offer unique and innovative features like 3D views, the Flyover feature along with tools that can help users find the best places to shop, eat and explore nearby. The company also added the Transit feature recently with iOS 9, which enables users to find the best possible route from point A to B using a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking.
The Transit feature is already available for more than 300 cities around the world.
Well, with several thousand talented new developers working out of its Hyderabad offices, we can expect a significant increase in the reach and quality of Apple’s mapping service. Although, speaking of mapping, the company may just have to obtain the Indian governments permission first and ensure that the information it provides is in line with the government’s viewpoint to map the country itself.