Apple and Microsoft courting the Turkish school system for a 15 million tablets order

Apple and Microsoft courting the Turkish school system for a 15 million tablets order
Turkey is planning to supply modern tablets throughout its school system, and the number is a staggering 15 million units needed over the course of four years.

Apple, Microsoft and Intel all appear to be interested in the lucrative government order, but there is a catch - the Turkish economy minister has pounded on the table, demanding that the slates are produced in Turkey.

Not that the country doesn't have a burgeoning electronics industry, including home brands that are sold across Europe and Asia, but producing iPads there might be a tough sell as far as Apple is concerned. Cupertino has allegedly offered Turkish companies to make accessories like earphones and covers for its gadgets, but that might not be enough.

Microsoft and Intel, however, wouldn't have that problem. Windows 8 will be arriving next year, and tablets are a big part of the strategy, so such a large order could very well jumpstart the platform's visibility in that neck of the woods. Moreover, 15 million kids working with your own software every year is a lot of future clients hooked up, so a Microsoft team is rumored visiting Turkey to discuss the project, called Fatih, further. Intel could also chip in, by a suggested opening of an R&D center in Turkey.

The Android or PlayBook manufacturers are suspiciously missing from the negotiations table, and you can insert your own HP TouchPad joke here. Whichever company gets the order, kudos to Turkey for willing to supply its kids with modern technology from the get-go. Yet another nail in the printed book coffin.

source: Bloomberg

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6 Comments

1. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

That's a big opportunity for Microsoft! They can't miss this!

2. Derrell unregistered

I really, really like this idea, I have been thinking about the same thing happening in the states the last couple of weeks, but with the debt that we are in, the parents and students would probably have to purchase the tablets themselves. If you thinking about it, what if instead of paper all schools and universities used tablets; you could write your notes on it and never have to worry about paper, which would decrease the amount of trees used to make paper because it would be in such a high demand, students would be more organized, books could even be purchased on tablets so the use of physical books could be done away with. Some schools have already started doing this. All around just a great idea that I hope the U.S. implements within the next 3-5 years.

5. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

all the incoming freshman in my high school get new ipad2s im soooooo mad

4. pong unregistered

if its school you'll need gorilla glass for sure. those kids will just break those tabs

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Maybe they want home brewed techs to chip them and use them for propaganda, as the government has been doing for many years. Technology covering up the genocide of the Greeks and Armenians. SMH.

9. cuneyt unregistered

Yes that would be great. Turkey is lagging ten years behind Israel in that stuff. Hasbara is a great invention

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