Apple’s software ecosystem is like a land that has its own economy; it has the rules, the government and the money. Apparently the government of it is Apple and the rules are implemented by the company itself, and developers who will respectfully follow the ‘commandments’ shall have the money.
Therefore this new report online shouldn’t surprise you; Apple, with a partner university in Europe, will launch its very own academy, within a real school, that will focus entirely on teaching people how to make striking and useful iOS apps.
The free program will open in October of this year, within the University of Naples Federico II in Naples, Italy. It can accommodate about 200 participants in the first year, and will, in the coming years, add more students, so Apple would have more future app developers for its expanding platform.
Pupils will enjoy the academy’s own facilities, which include labs and access to the latest versions of Apple’s software and hardware products.
Students will follow the nine-month curriculum which was designed and supported by the company itself. For the first semester, Apple will help students improve their development skills on iOS. And for the following semester, students will attend classes for creation of startups and design of applications. The latter is not surprising because Apple is known to be favoring apps that are “well designed” and, or follow the design cues underlined by the company through its own apps (some app experts say Apple favors minimalist and immensely functional apps).
Interested Europeans can now apply via the university’s website. After that, they’re required to pass the online test. And from there, they must pass the interview.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, in January, first announced the path leading to the app academy. He said that Europe is home of some of the “most creative developers in the world,” and Apple is “thrilled” to help the next generation of developers “get the skills they need for success.”
From the business point of view, it is fairly easy to understand. First, many people want to develop apps that could help them get rich (by making one for their own, or for other people). Second, Apple needs talented app developers to keep the ball rolling. That is to say, the goal is to keep its ecosystem vibrant by supplying its customers with quality apps which will enhance the user experience of Apple products. Combine the two and you’ll get a single good enough reason why the academy in Italy is just the first of many upcoming app academy of the Cupertino-based tech giant.