Tim Cook said the new facility will open next year

Apple has announced plans for a new app design centre in India as the firm's chief executive made his first visit to the country.

Tim Cook said the US technology giant was planning to build the app design faculty in the southern city of Bangalore.

He said the facility will open early next year and give "developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world".

With Apple s sales slowing in China and the United States, Mr Cook will use his four-day visit to develop relations in India's fast-growing market, which Apple sees as increasingly key to its fortunes.

While an Apple spokesperson refused to confirm Mr Cook's schedule, local media reported he had lined up meetings with a number of prominent business people, including Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry and Airtel boss Sunil Mittal.

Airtel, along with other Indian telecoms companies Reliance and Vodafone, are currently rolling out 4G networks across the country.

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