Apple executive negotiating $4.5 billion Apple iPad deal with Turkey

Apple executive negotiating $4.5 billion Apple iPad deal with Turkey
Apple's VP of Education, John Couch, is wearing his salesman hat in Turkey, negotiating a high-stakes Apple iPad deal with Turkish President Abdullah Gül. The deal is for 15 million Apple iPads that would be used for Turkish students. Couch, who was joined in the boardroom by other Apple executives, is trying to get the country to sign a contract that would value the tablets at $300 USD for each unit. While not the main topic of discussion, some of the talk focused on the Turkish "F-Keyboard" which is arranged differently than the traditional QWERTY keyboard.

On December 14th, the Apple iPhone 5 was launched in Turkey. That came less than two-weeks after the iTunes Music Store was released in the country. South Africa and Russia were some of the 55 other countries that received the iTunes update. Forty-two of the countries will let users buy movies and videos from iTunes, including Turkey. And instead of being limited to U.S.artists, iTunes will also offer music from local artists as well.

source: TCCB via AppleInsider


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20 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Sweet, Turkish students are such fortunate :)

7. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

I am among them ;)

17. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

PIC CAPTION FAIL: says "iPod" instead of iPad LOL

10. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

300$ per unit is such a cheap price for ipad !

12. flower99

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

tada!! Its an iPad mini!! Lol

16. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Exactly....they dont have money at all but they have money for iPads = obvious corruption.....Apple starts the same bribing way like Microsoft...

2. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Oh no!!.. Turkey will get "jive turkey" !!!

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Bribe the politicians they will do anything. Wasn't there an attempt to declare PIZZA a "Vegetable" somewhere :D

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There are both good and bad point on getting iPad for education. Good is it a proven educational tools. The bad point is 4.5 billons is a lot of money not a single cent is use to help the local businesses. Their government should use the money to build their own platform and eco system much like what Amazon had done.

15. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

But its to fun education and that is the foundation of any nations growth.

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

In Egypt people were on streets when M$ tried something similar. India the gov planned affordable tablets for education based on android.

4. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

They use the money for education, we use the money to start wars.

8. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

also we get our books free and we have free education :D

5. jaabubut

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

No more heavy text books..... congrate to turkish students ... ;-)

6. MartianMe unregistered

well said blackice. why can they compete like in the old days anymore instead of bribing the governments? this may seem like a good thing but coming from a corporate like apple,,, i don't think so... they are as corrupted as the u s government. and if they are so american like the people who buy their products think they are... then how come apple doesn't do that here?let people choose the natural way...but then again these are desperate moves that they're doing since they're not contributing to this industry anymore...might as well get into politics.

9. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

you know nothing about the economy yet you think you do and accuse others. there is no right or wrong no black or white there is only grey. the point is not that they support apple that they invest in their future that is their kids so they can further their nation. i bet if the had bought 15million android tablets you would rally behind them like a cult. learn to expand your train of thought young grasshopper

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Govt of India is spending on Android Tabs that comes at < $60. I think That's far less than even the Profits that apple would want on each tablet.

13. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This is the future :) Too bad it's Apple, lol. But in all fairness, it still has better tablet apps, especially for this purpose. And that's probably why they were picked

14. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Ive used one for a text book and ive got to say ipads work really well for books. And they are easy to set up and use for beginners. Im assuming thats why they went with apple. The android platform can be a bit confusing to a newcomer and the point is to make learning easier not harder

20. ultimatebatman

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Ugh, iPad is such a useless piece of crap for sutidents. A notebook/textbook replacement with no pen is useless. And way to go forcing the walled prison iOS on 15 million students.

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