Apple’s CEO Tim cook’s visit in Hyderabad today, will include the inauguration of his much talked about development office in Hyderabad which would focus primarily on developing maps for the tech-giant; them trying to wrestle away the map market from Google for itself.
The center would employ about 4000 people, involved in developing maps for the tech giant. Apple has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, the Flyover® feature and tools to help customers find convenient places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas. With iOS 9 Apple added Transit, offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world.
The new facility, located on the Waverock campus, will provide a world-class, LEED-certified home for the expanding Maps team.
The apple CEO said in a press conference that he was very thrilled to be opening a center here and is in awe of Hyderabad’s talent in technology. He said he was already in love with the city and its richness in history and culture after he visited the gondola fort in Hyderabad.
Impressed with the acoustic signaling system used in Gondola in the olden times he said that “I found that there was technology (in Hyderabad) even in the very early days, particularly around acoustics, and hydraulic drains. So there is this intersection in history of technology… I think history repeats and I think history is repeating here,”.
Chief Minister of Telangana jubilant at these developments 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,”
Apple’s CEO has also been invited to open permanent campuses there in Hyderabad by its IT minister KT Rama Rao who is jubilant with the progress they have made with 4 out of 5 top companies having their major offices in Telangana.
The CEO also plans to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss selling Apple products in stores in India and selling second hand phones in India. He also enjoyed an IPL Match in Kanpur last evening.
– Anushka Jainapple Apple CEO Tim Cook Tim Cook in India