Applications have opened for aspiring developers to join Apple's Developer Academy, in a bid to support the next generation of bright young minds.
The Academy currently caters for 400 students from 25 countries around the world, and is held at the University of Federico II.
Students will be taught coding, design, business and marketing skills to create and promote apps built for the company's iOS operating system for iPhone and iPad.
Students will get the skills and experience that will help them turn their app ideas into reality, Apple said (Photo: Apple)
They will be encouraged to collaborate and gain practical skills, Apple said.
Online applications are open for the year-long course until 8 June, after which next-stage applicants will be invited to attend interviews in Naples, London, Munich or Paris.The course is free, and students will be supported with living costs during their time in Naples.
The Academy has trained around 1,000 students since opening in October 2016. Of the 400 current students, six are from the UK.
“The Apple Developer Academy is a truly once in a lifetime experience to explore fresh ideas whilst collaborating with innovative minds from all over the world," said Ash Thomas, 26, a current UK student.
"It is the ideal place to dive deep into design thinking and to learn in a way that is like no other. I’d recommend the academy to anyone who wishes to learn how to develop mobile apps, or to anyone wanting to follow a career in technology or design.”
The app industry generated more than $86bn (£63bn) in 2017 from 175bn global downloads, according to industry tracker App Annie.
While it has traditionally served as the platform for announcing the company’s Mac and later iPhone software updates, WWDC has since expanded to include new features for iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV and has also played host to numerous product announcements.
The company is rumoured to be launching a new overhauled iPad Pro and a second version of the iPhone SE.
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