$4 billion Apple iPad deal on the line as Tim Cook visits Turkey

$4 billion Apple iPad deal on the line as Tim Cook visits Turkey
Based on the website of Turkey's president Abdullah Gül, the latter was supposed to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook starting 4am EST this morning. While we have no indication that the meeting has ended, at stake is a possible $4 billion in Apple iPad orders. The tablets are being sought for the country's FATIH project which replaces traditional classroom tools with newer technology like tablets.

The meeting between Cook and President Gül had been planned back in December, and the Apple CEO's trip to Turkey was timed to coincide with the opening of the first Apple Store in the country. In October, Apple turned the switch on its online store in the region, and now has a physical 21,000 square foot retail location at the Zorlu Center in Instanbul.

As we mentioned back in December, the initial stage of the agreement covers 10.6 million units of the Apple iPad, with subsequent shipments of 2 million to 2.5 million to take place over a four year period.

Both sides visited each other, starting with last year's visit to Turkey by Apple's VP of Education John Couch. That was followed by a trip to Cupertino by Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who wanted to check out the tablet before placing orders for the device.

source: Govt.ofTurkey via AppleInsider

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6 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is a good move apple for apple, and turkey. Both will benefit greatly

5. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

And how may I ask? If you want to talk about jobs, I would want to know how that will be.

2. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

he's saying in the pic samsung is number 1

4. GeekMovement unregistered

looks like he's saying "derrp" to me lol. photo captured at the wrong time.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

INstanbul eh, sure would like to spend an instance there some day... Still, this is good news, Apple products make great stepping stones into the world of true smart phones and tablets.

6. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Haha derp pic Mr Cook. Gobble, gobble mother f**cker!

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