Tim Cook, Jeff Williams and other top Apple execs are on a packed tour of India right now, and to mark the occasion Apple has announced the opening of a new office in Indian tech hub Hyderabad that will focus on improving Apple Maps.
The office will create up to 4,000 jobs in the the region, and according to Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, “is testament to [the] proactive approach, quality infrastructure and … excellent talent base we have in the region.”
“Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” said Tim Cook in a statement. “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.”
After its disastrous initial launch, Apple Maps has been getting better and better — adding innovations like 3D views, Flyover, Transit directions and more. With Apple already updating Maps on a daily basis, hopefully a new dedicated site working on it will lead to even more innovation!
This isn’t the only investment Apple is making in India. It has also announced plans to invest $25 million in a new office complex to the country — which will bring approximately 4,500 jobs during the construction process — while official Indian Apple Stores are additionally on the way.