India-based newspaper Economic Times reports that Apple has agreed to lease more than 40,000 square-feet of office space in Bengaluru for its planned Design and Development Accelerator. It is set to launch by early 2017.
According to three sources familiar with the matter, Apple’s development centre will spread over two floors of the 300,000 square-foot facility located at Galleria, North Bengaluru and owned by Standard Brick Tile Company.
Apple’s development accelerator will provide support and guidance on Swift, the company’s programming language. This is the second space Apple has agreed to lease in India. The first one was contracted in Hyderabad, where Apple plans to set up a technology centre focusing on the development of maps. The 250,000 square-foot space will be the work place of 4,000 people.
As Economic Times points out, Bengaluru and Hyderabad were the choice of top technology firms such as Microsoft and Google, as they expand their presence in India. Apple has announced its plans to open the first-of-a-kind Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru earlier in May.