Apple to Open iOS App Development Centers, Starting in Italy

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Apple has announced that it will be opening its first iOS app development center in Europe at a partner institution in Naples, Italy. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world in the future.

The center will provide a specialized curriculum for students to learn practical skills and training on developing iOS apps, and Apple will work with partners around Italy who train developers to create additional opportunities for students.


Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company's ecosystem now supports 1.4 million jobs in Europe, including 1.2 million jobs attribute to the app economy. In Italy, specifically, Apple said over 75,000 jobs are linked to the App Store.
"Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we're thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "The phenomenal success of the App Store is one of the driving forces behind the more than 1.4 million jobs Apple has created in Europe and presents unlimited opportunities for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the continent."
Apple recorded a record-breaking $1.1 billion in App Store sales during the 2015 holiday season. Christmas Day and New Year's Day both set single-day records, with customers spending over $144 million on January 1, 2016 in particular.

Apple has now paid European developers over EUR10.2 billion since the App Store launched.

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recoil80

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That's a great move. But... In Naples...?
It's the first one. Shouldn't it have been in some other cities? Or was it part of the deal when Apple was probed in Italy last time?
I expected such a school to be located in Milan since most IT companies are here and not in Naples.
As a matter of fact a lot of people study in Naples and come to work in Milan so opening a school there may be a good idea and I hope the very presence of the school will help creating jobs in Naples.
There is a possibility that Apple obtained some tax benefits to open the school since in the past the government gave benefits to create jobs in the south of Italy.

Too bad I live in Milan, I'd have applied for a job as a teacher if they had opened the school here :D
 

logicstudiouser

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Fantastic news! This is still an area in high demand with little supply. I hope lots will take advantage of the opportunity.
I know a couple developers and they can't keep up with project opportunities and employers are paying big for people with the skills. The problem is that it is like learning a new language and not enough youth are willing to put in the many hours needed to learn the fundamentals.
 

b1wils1

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cool move. will be interesting to see what other cities are on the shortlist. who knows, maybe they're gunning for the education system next. being a professor, i'll be the first to say that it needs an overhaul/shake-up.
 

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Good move apple! My money would have been on Dublin :p

I hope they select other cities globally, so there is an institution releatively close to most people , except NZ .....they beat us in the Rugby World Cup! ..... They can fly to Melbourne :)
 
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Certainly Tim Cook already made arrangements with the… Napolitans… to make sure the pupils never port their apps to Android.
 

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That's a great move. But... In Naples...?
It's the first one. Shouldn't it have been in some other cities? Or was it part of the deal when Apple was probed in Italy last time?
I'm surprised by the location too ....
As an italian I was expecting Milan or Rome.
 
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Fantastic news! This is still an area in high demand with little supply. I hope lots will take advantage of the opportunity.
I know a couple developers and they can't keep up with project opportunities and employers are paying big for people with the skills. The problem is that it is like learning a new language and not enough youth are willing to put in the many hours needed to learn the fundamentals.
This was my thought too. You'd expect that of the gazzillion app developers that jumped on the App development band wagon, there would be enough sufficiently trained and experienced people to meet the demands. Apparently that is not the case.
 

Lemon Mac

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I'm surprised by the location too ....
As an italian I was expecting Milan or Rome.
Kudos to Apple to not make the obvious decision. That is the problem with modern Italy, the obvious decision always taken and always Rome or Milan, to hell with the rest of the country.

Hope the next one is opening in Catania, Sicily.
 
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WalterTizzano

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That's a great move. But... In Naples...?
It's the first one. Shouldn't it have been in some other cities? Or was it part of the deal when Apple was probed in Italy last time?
Why not? It's the third largest Italian city, the biggest in the south of the country and the one where many innovations in science an techology came from in the past decades and centuries. It has a huge university and it's a great city.
 

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I've always through Apple should just start its own university. Use iTunes U and train the people they need for their business. Make the curriculum really hard os if people get through it its almost like interview process. Maybe even charge them to take the tests to get credit. Then they'd always have the people with the skills they need to build what ever products they need.
 

Lemon Mac

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I've always through Apple should just start its own university. Use iTunes U and train the people they need for their business. Make the curriculum really hard os if people get through it its almost like interview process. Maybe even charge them to take the tests to get credit. Then they'd always have the people with the skills they need to build what ever products they need.
Yes, and if you don’t do too well you could always knock on the door of MS with your low grade :apple:diploma.
 
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asiga

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What is really needed for keeping and improving the quality of developers is testing labs with different iOS devices so that developers can test their apps in different configurations (for iOS development) and with different Mac models (for OS X development). Most Apple Stores could dedicate a room for this, booked with a ticket system similar to the genius bar (no need to build more facilities). But instead of this, and instead of investing in development the Mac, we're getting fashion stores where most people go for buying presents.
 

TallManNY

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Why does Apple need to open this? Aren't there companies willing to train you to program in Swift? I saw a presentation by a company that would teach you web development online: https://learn.co/verified
It seems like there should be plenty of folks out there trying to teach you iOS development and/or Swift.
 
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