Apple talking Turkey: $4 billion Apple iPad deal coming?

Apple talking Turkey: $4 billion Apple iPad deal coming?
When you are negotiating a deal reportedly worth $4 billion with the president of a country, you call out the big guns. And that is why there is a rumor that Apple CEO Tim Cook is going to be part of a group of Apple executives that are planning to visit Turkey in February. The entourage will visit Turkish  president Abdullah Gül to help with his "FATIH" project, which replaces blackboards and textbooks in the classroom with tablets like the Apple iPad.

In the first phase of the deal, the country would purchase 10.6 million slates with another 2 to 2.5 million iPads arriving shortly afterwards. The entire program would run over 4 years and cost the country $3 billion to $4 billion U.S. Dollars.

While in Turkey, there is speculation that Cook will also visit the first Apple Store in the country. Located at Istanbul's Zorlu Center, the store is inside an all-glass cube, similar to the Apple Store on New York's tony Fifth Avenue. The store offers 21,500 feet of retailing space, and gives Apple a brick and mortar presence in the country to go along with the online Apple Store it opened in October.

source: emlakkulisi.com (translated) via AppleInsider

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26 Comments

21. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

ipads have the exact opposite problem as android tablets. ipads have a great ecosystem and they are that much better when you dive into apps cuz they they are highly customized for the large display. Android tablets win on the customization and widgets but have awful apps that aren't customized for the large display.

23. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Android tablets also win because they can interact with other devices better than an IPad, and Android by its open nature is more flexible and versatile. Android tablets make a lot better laptop replacements for the slightly more demanding user.

14. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Im from Turkey and project's name is Fatih not faith.... deal is good but its bad that Im graduated :D also , even now there is people in line in front of apple store... P.S : iPhone 5s priced $1000

16. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Yeah I am from Turkey too, but I have never heard about the IPads (I am sure it was Asus Transformer some of my friends have it)

18. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

never heard ? its interesting bcuz it was on news

20. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

When he was saying IPad he meant tablet in generally

24. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

I dont remember when but they said they were decided to deal with apple.

26. Tamer81

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I hope they will eventually go for something more usefull in schools like windows tablets. Students need Office packages not 'Plants vs Zombies' which by the way I was just playing!

13. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

10.6 billion ipads, I don't think even world has so much population......... Or I think Turkey is planning to distribute these ipads to every country of world, then it will be such a nice Christmas gift, for everyone........ What do you say Alan...???

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Turkey, you are about to have the best...enjoy it.

8. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

If Alan didn't make a typo the deal is pretty sweet: 40 cents per slate.

5. mehmednaim

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The name of project is FATiH, not Faith.

4. artman5x5

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"In the first phase of the deal, the country would purchase 10.6 billion slates" There aren't that many people in the world, can you say typo!

19. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

think the b should be a m

2. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Thats dumb with soooooo many better tablets out there. Poor turkey!

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

iPad is still the best all-round tablet with Nexus 7.

9. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Actually better than Nexus 7. I had a Nexus 7 LTE (2013). Sold after using for one month. 7 inch is so small for a tablet.

17. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Well, screen size divides people. Btw don't ever change that profile picture, it's awesome.

22. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

+1 hands down the best on the market

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i think the reason apple is still a float is for 2 reasons, fan base and the fact that they can make deals like this

3. iskunder

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

your right it couldn't possibly be any other reason.

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Great products, high satisfaction, strong brand and good reputation. Also if you ask non-techgeek which phone/tablet you want most in the world answer is most likely iPhone/iPad. But Apple ain't perfect. Pricing and only couple of models and small phone screens are limiting Apple sales.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tell em one more time bro, maybe then he'll understand.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a helluva fanbase.

15. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Strong, happy and steadily growing.

25. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

You do realize if they made bad products, there wouldn't be a "fanbase" as you call it, right? The fanbase is stable, and in fact keeps growing. That means what they do is working, and they have happy cutsomers. You Android users are the BIGGEST fan boys of all, and you keep talking down on Apple owners. You somehow become irritated that Apple owners are using Apple products. Why, do you care? You do realize that no iPhone user cares or even thinks about "modding" his phone and customizing every single detail. The phone is quality built, easy to use, elegeant looking, and stable. So the reason Apple is a float, and will always be a float, is because people love their products. They are the richest corp in the world, a single sentence by you doesn't define their success. Get over it. By the way, I wrote this on my MacBook PRO. Cheers.

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