Apple in talks to lease office space in Bengaluru
BENGALURU: Apple is in talks to lease over 40,000 square feet of office space in Bengaluru where it intends to set up a development centre, three people familiar with the development said.
“The company has signed the letter of intent with Galleria, a mixed use project in Yelahanka in Bengaluru,” one of these people said. Galleria is 3 lakh sq ft office space that belongs to Standard Brick Tile Company.
It has tenants such as Comviva and Atkins. Another person quoted above said the Apple facility will be spread over two floors and house its high-end development centre. An email to Apple did not elicit any response till press time. JLL India, which is the leasing agency for Galleria, refused comment on the transaction.
The deal coincides with CEO Tim Cook’s ongoing visit to India. Cook had in a statement on Wednesday said that Apple’s first iOS App Design and Development Centre will be set up in Bengaluru. The centre is expected to open in early 2017. “India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world. With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we are giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world,” Cook had said in the statement.
The company said the facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. Swift enables developers to write safer, more reliable code, save time and create richer app experiences.