Apple Plans to Offer New 'iOS Foundation Program' at Five Universities in Italy

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple this week opened its first iOS Developer Center at the University of Naples Federico II's new San Giovanni a Teduccio campus, located in a coastal suburb east of Naples, Italy, and the company is already planning on expanding the initiative due to its popularity.

    At an event celebrating the opening of the Developer Center that was documented by Italian site, Apple's vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson told gathered students about an upcoming iOS Foundation Program, designed to teach many more students about the fundamentals of iOS app development.

    A shorter version of the longer course at the iOS Developer Center, the iOS Foundation Program will see Apple teaming up with "at least five universities" across the Campania region to offer a three to four week course in app development. Apple expects the iOS Foundation Program to be available to 800 students during its first year, expanding from there.

    Jackson shared few details on the upcoming program, but said it is aimed at introducing students to the iOS ecosystem.
    With both the iOS Developer Center and the iOS Foundation Program, Apple is hoping to give students the skills and understanding they need to transition from the education they receive in school to actually developing an app. According to Jackson, it's important to Apple to "unlock the potential of young developers" and make sure the app economy is open to everyone by giving young people the "crucial skills and support" to get into app development.

    Apple's first official iOS Developer Center opened to students yesterday, with 100 students able to attend starting this week and 100 additional students starting in three months. Apple had thousands of students apply for just 200 available spots, which is why the company is planning to team up with additional universities.

    The nine month course will teach students how to write code and create apps for Apple's iOS devices. Thanks to scholarships created in partnership with the University of Naples, students will attend for free and will be provided with current-generation MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads.

    While the iOS Developer Center and the iOS Foundation Program are limited to Italy at this time, it stands to reason that Apple could potentially expand the experience to additional countries should it prove successful. Apple has also recently introduced Swift Playgrounds, designed to help children and beginning coders learn to use the company's Swift programming language to develop apps.

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  2. 32828870 Suspended

    Jun 23, 2016
    New York and Berlin
    Seems great but how about, I don't know, producing new Mac's? Might help these programmers, too.[​IMG]
  3. pier macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2009
    How about caring about actual current developers instead of future ones?
  4. developer13245 macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2012
    Apple does not care about current developers... This is all PR BS...
  5. CBJammin103 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    Louisiana, United States
    How so? (Honest question... I'm a developer and not sure what you mean exactly)
  6. radiology macrumors 6502


    Feb 11, 2014
    Westlake, OH
    So fashionable...I'm sure the students wil also come up with ideas for new bands that Tim and Angela will love!
  7. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    I think most probably joined for the free hardware. These things ain't cheap.
  8. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    So, where will you develop them? On a Windows machine I guess.
  9. Feenician macrumors 603


    Jun 13, 2016
    I can only imagine this made more sense in your head than it does on the page.
  10. friedkimchi macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2011
    I think it's mostly the non-developers that are clamoring for updated Macs? For xcode, even the MB seems to be enough horsepower.

    I wonder if these universities are opening up spots to international students to join the program? Would love to join an Apple accredited program and visit Italy at the same time, maybe meet the mafia as well?
  11. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I wonder why Apple is partnering with Italy? I mean, it could have done this pretty much anywhere in the world. India for example would be attractive because they are trying to open that market and because it has lots of technology focused programs. Or say the USA, their biggest market and their origin.

    I have no issue with Italy, so this is just an open question as to what Apples thought process was to select Italy over any where else. And then why Naples vs anywhere else within Italy?
  12. villicodelirant Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Here is a theory.

    Fact: right now the local officials really need to spin their own reality distortion field and make the electorate believe that the much-promised "recovery of the south" is actually happening (it isn't and it never will in our lifetimes).

    Fact: building a vocational training center is much cheaper than building a cyclotron, but thanks to the Apple brand it gives almost the same return in publicity. Jobs' RDF still works from beyond the grave and will for quite a while.

    Fact: Apple can use the cheap publicity it itself gets.

    Fact: Apple can totally use a training center that churns out developers at home with Apple technology, and consequently, a injection of fresh apps on the Store. Especially if it's basically free (heavily subsidized with public money).

    The hypotesis, therefore, is "because - depending on who made the first move - only the Neapolitan officials were either gullible enough to fall for the deal or evil enough to propose it".
  13. fabiocip, Oct 8, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2016

    fabiocip macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2016
    We got nothing for free. I mean: they gave us "only" a macbook pro and an iPhone 6s, but we gotta give 'em back the moment we finish the course.
    Plus, I met most of the students that are attending the courses, and I can guarantee you and everyone else, that we are all totally into programming, as currently active programmers (on iOS, but on different platforms too), or as computer engineering students/graduates. In any case, all of us are really tech and coding lovers. We are there to get the chance to learn from teachers prepared by Apple itself on how to build any app from scratch, on how to market it to the store and on how to create our own startup. That's the purpose of this academy, and that's what we applied for.
    I really hope that I will be able to tell everyone that this experience will be the reason why I got a new job in iOS development or I could create my own tech company I'll keep you updated on how this turns out

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    I guess that given the amount of resources apple has, starting this academy didn't affect at all the chance for apple to focus on helping currently active programmers.
  14. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

    One step at a time.

    Seems u have people from all around the globe here.
  15. 32828870 Suspended

    Jun 23, 2016
    New York and Berlin
    As developers need Mac systems for development and Mac's haven't been updated in a long, long time, it seem fairly relevant especially as this seems a marketing tactic to bring in more development for the iOS and macOS store's while selling iOS and Mac's systems.

    The 2013 Mac Pro6,1 hasn't been updated since, well, 2013. It's outdated architecture starting at $4K. I love my Mac Pro6,1 12-Core D700 system, yet it cost me $6k+ and required a $1500 external Thunderbolt chassis for my Mac Pro5,1 hard drives. I've updated my Mac Pro5,1 with genuine Apple parts: Broadcom WiFi ac + BTLE 4.x PCIe card, USB 3.1, BDXL internal, 32GB's RAM, with much more and it runs circles around my Mac Pro6,1.

    Honestly, in my 15+ years primarily using Mac's I thought I would never state this: There's no excuse for charging premium prices for old technology. Either push Intel to produce processors to coincide with Mac updates in a joint venture or produce their own as part of the problem is Intel's inability to get their act together.
  16. Feenician macrumors 603


    Jun 13, 2016
    Realistically, which iOS developers are being affected by the unusually long mbp/Mac pro update cycle? Does the extra 5% sky lake or the extra 10% kaby lake (when those chips actually exist in forms suitable for mbp's) really make any difference in developing for iOS?
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    I can get on board with this though.
  17. 32828870, Oct 9, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2016

    32828870 Suspended

    Jun 23, 2016
    New York and Berlin
    Yes and no. The main point is anyone diving into development within the Apple ecosystem will need the necessary hardware, whether it be a MacBook or iMac. Course we know programming requires a Mac, not a powerful system but surely a reasonably current one. This seems mostly to entice more App Store development thus increasing App Store profits while selling more devices instead of focusing on updating their Mac line which in some cases is 2-3 years old (not counting minor updates).

    TL;DR Apple's using this as an opportunity to increase App Store development while selling severely outdated systems instead of updating their core line (unload back stock wrapped in a nice marketing bow). Certainly they can do both at once, but they don't seem to be as this is the longest update cycle in recent Apple history.
  18. Feenician macrumors 603


    Jun 13, 2016
    It's been too long but, as you rightly point out, Intel release cycle has been partly to blame. Still, it has been too long.
  19. Admiral macrumors regular


    Mar 14, 2015
    Apple is a fashion company now. It's not Milan, but Naples is a fashion-industry center and the Italian government is pushing for development there.
  20. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    Milan would have been the obvious choice, but in my opinion the government asked Apple to open the center in the south of Italy since the unemployment is really high there and students often go abroad or to the northern regions to find jobs.
    Apple picked up Naples because the university (Federico II) has a good reputation so I guess it was the best place to chose in the south of Italy.
  21. villicodelirant Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    You make it sound as if it was an entirely unselfish, disinterested deal (which would make it the first of its kind to involve the Naples officials) :)
  22. Helmlein macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2009
    I would actually find it more appropriate if universities taught programming languages/techniques rather than how to cater for a specific group of devices; the same as schools should teach how word processing works rather than "how to use Microsoft Word".

    Obviously, as Apple is sponsoring the hardware, a university could just get prominently mentioned all over the world taking Apple's offer, but I'm not sure if sponsored courses are the future of universities...

  23. rock6079 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    I'm really excited to see this expand beyond Italy and for more of these courses to eventually make their way onto iTunesU
  24. villicodelirant Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Thankfully, at any respectable CS/engineering program you are not evem taught specific programming languages, but programming language principles that are reusable to evaluate and understand any programming language to come out in the next 20 years (which will probably be still a descendant of either LISP or Algol, which will be statically or dynamically typed, et cetera).

    What is being offered here is not a college degree - it's (quite possibly top notch) vocational training.

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