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[BERLIN] Apple Inc will train mobile app developers in Italy, marking the first such push in Europe.
Apple will start an iOS app development center to support teachers and train students at a partner institution in Naples, which will be Europe's first such facility, the company said Thursday in an e-mailed statement. It also plans to add further courses in Italy and expand the program to other countries.
"Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world," Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in the statement. Cook will visit Italy Friday to present the plan, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told reporters in Rome. The center will train 600 students in the first year, Apple said.
Apple said it has helped create more than 1.4 million jobs in Europe, citing research by the Progressive Policy Institute. It said most of those jobs are linked to the ecosystem of its mobile App Store, which enables developers to sell software to users around the world for a 30 per cent commission. European developers have earned more than 10.2 billion euros (US$11.1 billion) from selling apps to customers globally, Apple said.
The European app economy supports "just under" 2 million jobs, according to VisionMobile's latest study on the sector, which was published in February 2015. Forty per cent of professional developers in the European Union are linked to iOS, 33 per cent to Android and the remainder to other operating platforms, it said.