Apple's First iOS Developer Academy Opens October 6 at University of Naples

Apple's first iOS Developer Academy is set to open this week at the University of Naples Federico II's new San Giovanni a Teduccio campus, located in a coastal suburb east of Naples, Italy.

The campus will see Apple teaching 200 Italian students how to write code to create apps that will run on Apple's iOS devices during the nine month course. Students will be provided with a current-generation MacBook, iPhone, and iPad, along with tuition, all for free.

More than 4,000 students applied for 200 spots during an open enrollment program. Next year, more spots will be available, as the university plans to accept 400 students.

iosdeveloperacademy
Leopoldo Angrisani, a professor who has helped get the program up and running, spoke with The Guardian and shared some details on the campus ahead of its opening on October 6. Apple had a hand in the design of the academy, which is housed in one of three modern-looking buildings with glass facades.

The layout of the large, open-plan classroom was designed by Apple. "The didactic model is very new [for us]," Angrisani said. Small groups of students will sit at round tables equipped with special acoustic systems so the teacher can communicate with each table individually about their work. All courses will be taught in English, since it is meant to be open to students from around the world.

"Competition will be a fundamental part of the class," Angrisani said.

Couches and a lounge area are included in the classroom, giving students a chance to rest, and Apple expects collaboration between students will be a key part of the classroom experience. "Apple thinks that all of these activities, learning and rest and so on, have to stay very close to each other, because this is the best way to ensure that the concepts are absorbed and understood very well," Angrisani told The Guardian.

During its visit to the campus, The Guardian was shown the classroom where classes will be held, but was not allowed to sit in on a meeting where an Apple official was instructing academy teachers. University officials also said Apple had been "very, very" involved in the work at the academy, down to details like the lighting in the classroom and the color on the walls.

In the past, Apple has said the iOS Developer Academy will be expanded to other countries around the world in the future.

Popular Stories

Apple WWDC24 Apple Intelligence hero 240610

Apple Explains iPhone 15 Pro Requirement for Apple Intelligence

Wednesday June 19, 2024 4:48 am PDT by
With iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, Apple is introducing a new personalized AI experience called Apple Intelligence that uses on-device, generative large-language models to enhance the user experience across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. These new AI features require Apple's latest iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models to work, while only Macs and iPads with M1 or later chips will...
Apple Intelligence General Feature

Apple Intelligence Features Not Coming to European Union at Launch Due to DMA

Friday June 21, 2024 9:44 am PDT by
Apple today said that European customers will not get access to the Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and SharePlay Screen Sharing features that are coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac this September due to regulatory issues related to the Digital Markets Act. In a statement to Financial Times, Apple said that there will be a delay as it works to figure out how to make the new...
iPhone 16 Pro Max Generic Feature 2

5 Biggest Changes Rumored for iPhone 16 Pro Max

Wednesday June 19, 2024 5:00 am PDT by
Given Apple's rumored plan to add an all-new high-end tier to its iPhone 17 series in 2025, this could be the year for Apple to bring its boldest "Pro Max" model to the table — the kind of iPhone 16 upgrade that stands tall above its siblings, both figuratively and literally. If you have been holding out for the iPhone 16 Pro Max, here are five of the biggest changes rumored to be coming...
Apple Vision Pro 2 Feature 2

Apple Reportedly Suspends Work on Vision Pro 2

Tuesday June 18, 2024 8:17 am PDT by
Apple has suspended work on the second-generation Vision Pro headset to singularly focus on a cheaper model, The Information reports. Apple was widely believed to have plans to divide its Vision product line into two models, with one "Pro" model and one lower-cost standard model. The company is said to have been deprioritizing the next Vision Pro headset over the past year, gradually...
back to school 2024

Apple's 2024 Back to School Sale Launches, Up to $150 Gift Card With Mac or iPad

Thursday June 20, 2024 4:29 am PDT by
Apple has launched its annual Back to School promotion for college students in the United States. This year's promotion offers a free Apple gift card with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad. Apple is also offering students 20% off AppleCare+ plans. Apple is offering a $150 gift card with any new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or iMac, and a $100 gift card with the purchase of any new M4 iPad ...
iOS 17

Apple Releases First Public Beta of iOS 17.6

Thursday June 20, 2024 10:18 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 17.6 and iPadOS 17.6 updates to public beta testers, with the betas coming a few days after the initial iOS and iPadOS 17.6 developer betas. Public beta testers can get the beta by opening up the Settings app, going to the Software Update section, tapping on the "Beta Updates" option, and toggling on the iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 Public Beta....

Top Rated Comments

C DM Avatar
101 months ago
I see more fart-apps in the future! Yay!
Apple! Apple! Apple!

PS. As a person who has significant experience in programming (think physicist who codes for his own research purpose), I don't see what the big deal about coding is. It is both trivial and mind-numblingly boring.
Oh well, I guess this is the iFuture. Legions of underpaid code-monkeys paying their tributes to their iOverlords.
Some could very well say the same things about physics.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
101 months ago
This is an amazing story. I know that one of Steve's biggest regrets was that technology didn't impact education in the way people hoped.

To help students learn how to code, plus giving them the devices necessary and paying for the tuition; this is a really, really great thing. I have no doubt it'll be a resounding success and vastly expanded in the future.

You never know. Next year, Tim could be talking about a successful iOS app that was designed by one of these students.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2457282 Avatar
101 months ago
Cant wait for all those apps in italian. brushing up now. tutto bene!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbbb4b Avatar
101 months ago
Nothing will get accomplished here.
Nobody will be able to stop eating the pizza.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
winston1236 Avatar
101 months ago
I see more fart-apps in the future! Yay!
Apple! Apple! Apple!

PS. As a person who has significant experience in programming (think physicist who codes for his own research purpose), I don't see what the big deal about coding is. It is both trivial and mind-numblingly boring.
Oh well, I guess this is the iFuture. Legions of underpaid code-monkeys paying their tributes to their iOverlords.
The big focus on coding is that salaries are too high so companies are actively trying to get more people in the field so that they won't have to pay them as much.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jdillings Avatar
101 months ago
Instead of creating a "Hello World" app for their first app, Apple will have them create a farting app.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)