iPhone-maker Apple Inc is reportedly planning to set up a development centre in Hyderabad by July this year.

The facility will be its first development centre outside its headquarters in Cupertino, US.

Confirming the development, a senior Telangana government officer told Business Standard the state had held talks with the company over the proposed facility.

The tech giant had opted to have a development centre in Hyderabad after weighing many options, sources said.

Apple's decision to set up a facility in Hyderabad is yet another achievement for the Telangana government in boosting the city's image as the preferred IT destination in the country.

To set up its office in Hyderabad, Apple is expected to "take up" 250,000 square feet of office space in the Waverock IT towers in Gachibowli. The building is owned by US-based real estate development and consultancy firm Tishman Speyer.

"Apple, as well as Tishman Speyer, would come out with a statement once the ongoing negotiations conclude," the official told Business Standard.

Hyderabad, the capital city of India's youngest state, is fast emerging as a favourite destination for big business firms to set up shop. In December last year, a top Telangana government official had said nearly 20 IT firms are expected to open offices in Hyderabad in the next 8-12 months.

Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao had said in December 2015 Infosys, India's second-largest IT firm, was planning to formally inaugurate its largest campus in Hyderabad at Pocharam in February this year.

In May 2015, search engine giant Google had said it would to set up its biggest development centre outside the US in Hyderabad, with an outlay of Rs 1,000 crore. The new campus would span 2 million square feet and accommodate 13,000 employees.