Update: According to The Economic Times, Apple has now confirmed the plans, stating:
"We've been investing to expand our operations in India and are thrilled to have passionate customers and a vibrant developer community across the country," a spokesperson said.
Original Story: Apple is setting up its first technology development center outside the U.S., in Hyderabad, India. The $25 million center will be housed in Tishman Speyer's WaveRock facility, which encompasses 0.7 million square feet. It is set to open by June, becoming fully operational by the end of the year. The facility is projected to create 4,500 jobs, and is expected to develop solutions for Apple's in-house mapping service.
In a statement to ZDNet, Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary to Telangana's IT department, said:
It's a very positive development as Apple has not looked at cities only in India, but across many places in Europe and other parts of the world. Their decision to have the facility in Hyderabad is a strong endorsement of the city as a major IT hub in the country.
Apple's decision to set up a development center in Hyderabad is not surprising, considering that most major American companies — including the likes of Microsoft, Google, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Facebook, and IBM — have facilities in the city. Microsoft has its largest campus outside Redmond in Hyderabad, and Google also has a sizeable presence in the city, with the search giant considering a new 2 million square feet office.