Apple has today announced that it will build Europe’s first Development Center in Italy. It will be focused on iOS app development, giving students practical skills and training to help them create software for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and more.
Located in Naples, the Development Center will also support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum that will prepare thousands of future developers to be part of the thriving community building apps for Apple products, the Cupertino company says. Apple also plans to open additional Development Centers in other countries around the world later.
“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 Apple CEO Tim Cook. “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 boasts that its ecosystem now supports 1.4 million jobs around the world, including 1.2 million that are attributable to the community of app creators and software engineers. Since it launched in 2008, the App Store has helped developers earn €10.2 billion in Europe alone.
In Italy, over 75,000 are attributable to the App Store, Apple says, and “thousands of companies are expanding because of their work with Apple, which supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities large and small across Europe.”
Apple doesn’t tell us when the Development Center will open its doors, so we’ll have to wait a little longer for that information.