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After one year of app accelerator in India, Apple is pushing for world class education apps

Indian app Froggypedia was shown off by Apple at its recent Chicago event

by Ivan Mehta

It has been almost a year since Apple opened its app accelerator in India to provide feedback to the developer community. Apple's aim was to guide the developers in terms of design and user experience for iOS, WatchOS, MacOS and TVOS.

“India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO had said last year. “With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we’re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.”

 

Since then Apple has been keen to work with developers through various sessions and consultations. One of the areas Apple has shown a keen interest in is education. The company has invited many developers and organisations working towards education to work with the Apple engineers to make their apps better.

One of the stars at the recent Chicago education event by Apple was the app Froggypedia by Design Mate. In the app, you can dissect a frog through an iPad app using Apple Pencil. It also has an AR mode which lets you see multiple layers of the frog anatomy.applefrog

 

When Killer Features met the team at Apple's accelerator in Bengaluru they mentioned that the engineers at the centre have constantly helped them improve the design and the user experience.

Another company called Edu 360 has developed an app called 'Sahi Labs' which will let the students learn science in an interactive manner through the AR experience.

"We already had a base platform but being at the Apple's app accelerator made our apps really interactive. And now with the new AR Kit, we are pushing the new boundaries of interactive education," said Swapnil Agarkar of Edu 360.

That is not it. The company is pushing young developers as well. Ashwat Prasanna who started developing apps in the third grade has caught the attention of people at Apple. The engineers have helped him through the design of his upcoming app. Prasanna has already published two apps in the app store.

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At the Chicago event, Tim Cook had mentioned that Apple is going to focus on education in coming years.

“Creativity sparks a deeper level of engagement in students, and we’re excited to help teachers bring out that creativity in the classroom,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing had said at the event while introducing the education suite.

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