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Apple boss Cook to tap Indian software talent during maiden visit

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Annie Kelley

MoreApple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the Apple TV during an event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California March 21, 2016.

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MUMBAI/NEW DELHI Reuters - Apple Inc will set up a software laboratory in India to help Indian startups and developers working on the company's iOS platform, Apple said hours after Chief Executive Tim Cook began his first official visit to the country.

The company is also expected to unveil plans to expand its software development center in the southern city of Hyderabad, also home to Microsoft's first India office, where engineers are working on Apple Maps.

The app design and development accelerator - the term used for hothouse laboratories in the tech sector - will open in Bengaluru, as Bangalore is now known, in early 2017.

Indian government sources expected Modi to encourage Cook to set up production facilities in India, supporting the government's drive to find jobs for millions of Indians joining the workforce every year.

Cook will be seeing industry partners during his visit.

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