The India-related Apple news continues. The company announced on Thursday that it will be opening a new office in Hyderabad, India focused on the development of Maps for all of its platforms—Mac, iOS, and watchOS. According to Apple, “this investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.”
It’s an unusual move for Apple, which has long tried to keep the vast majority of its development localized at its Cupertino campus. But the accelerated development and “expanding Maps team” suggest that not only is Apple focused on continued improvements to the software, but that mapping is increasingly important to the company. Perhaps it will help lay the groundwork for future products, such as a car? Who knows?