Apple's Bengaluru App Accelerator trains around 2,000 developers

Apple's Bengaluru App Accelerator trains around 2,000 developers

Apple's Bengaluru App Accelerator trains around 2,000 developers
Apple App Accelerator in Bengaluru, the only accelerator from Apple outside its headquarters, that supports developers to build tools for the iOS platform, has trained around 2,000 developers.

The accelerator, conceived for hand-holding developers with skills and tools and on-board them about best practices while working with iOS platform, began its operation in March this year after the company CEO Tim Cook declared its opening in May last year.

Interacting with DH, a Bengaluru-based ecommerce company employee, who attended the programme said it is really a learning experience. “The facility helps us polish our apps capability via one-on-one app reviews to meet the ever growing demands of our customers across the globe,” said the developer.

Apple has deployed technology evangelists to provide briefing to developers and conceived around 30 programmes spanning one hour to a week. Developers join the programmes through a sign-up process on the App Accelerator Bengaluru website.

Besides providing tools for the iOS platform, the accelerator supports on Apple's new intuitive programming language Swift. “Swift programming language helps to build apps for iOS, Apple TV and Apple Watch. The Apple developer community will further enhance via this accelerator and it will boost the future of India’s digital game plans,” said a developer.

While inaugurating the accelerator, Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller said Bengaluru has an incredible developer base with incredible software talent and startup community.

“We have around half a million registered developers here and growing dramatically and there are probably about three-quarters of a million involved in the app economy with other related jobs. Then, India is an exciting global market for Apple with incredible growth potential,” said Schiller.

A participant at the Apple Accelerator said the centre will help to develop high-quality native iOS apps from the Indian companies. “Karthick Gopal, a design evangelist at the Apple App Accelerator I met had expressed his wish one of the developers should win an Apple Design Award this year,” he said.

The facility, located on the 14th floor of RMZ Galleria at Yelahanka, is spread over 20,000 sq ft area. "Besides Indian developers, foreign nationals and those who are in India for the internship also get trained at the centre. Few developers also attend the programme on a repeat basis," said a person who attended the programme.

Besides revolutionising personal technology with innovation like iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV, the Cupertino-headquartered technology giant is giving developers access to software platforms iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.



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