Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.

Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.

The Cupertino, California, company did not disclose the size of its investment in the center though some reports have placed the figure at US$25 million.

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, Cook said in a statement.

India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, after China and the U.S., according to Gartner research director Anshul Gupta.

Apple has also asked the government for a waiver on its rule that wholly-owned retail stores of foreign brands should sell products with 30 percent local content.

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