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Tim Cook says India to get new Apple app center

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Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is this week visiting India for the first time.

And he is wasting little of his time on the ground in India by saying Apple will open a new app design and development center in the country in 2017.Cook officially called the upcoming Apple facility a design and development accelerator,  and that it will be located in Bengaluru also known as Bangalore , which is considered to be the startup hub of India.

India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world, Cook said in announcing the new center.

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 said it will use the facility to provide support for the Swift programming language, which Apple created to build apps for iOS, Mac and other products, and will conduct weekly briefings with developers to review development of apps at the center.It s no secret as to why Cook is laying the groundwork for more Apple involvement in India.

Anyone with a Groupon account has likely seen an offer for one of these iPhones, which are often phones that were bought, returned for some reason, given the once-over to ensure everything works, and then offered up for sale at less than the original sticker price.However, the Indian government has put up resistance to Apple s efforts as it tries to promote homegrown smartphone makers who sell their products at prices even less than those of refurbished iPhones.Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook leaves the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on May 18.

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