Turkish Prime Minister Visits Apple Ahead of Major Tablet Purchase

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    Anatolia News Agency reports that Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an visited Apple yesterday as part of a tour of Silicon Valley companies ahead of the country's move to purchase 10.6 million tablets for its schoolchildren. Erdo?an also visited Microsoft's Bay Area outpost and Google during his trip.

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    Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an (left) visits Apple
    The meeting at Apple was just the latest of numerous interactions between Apple executives and Turkish government officials as Apple seeks to win the massive tablet contract. A number of Apple executives including vice president for education John Couch traveled to Turkey back in February to meet with Turkish president Abdullah Gül, while Gül had visited Apple in May 2012.

    Ahead of the education tablet bid, Apple is in the midst of a significant push into the Turkish market, having launched the iTunes Store for music and movies there last December and begun hiring for future retail stores in the country.

    (Thanks, Paul!)

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    I like that they hang out Steve Jobs quotes on the wall^^
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    And that's the major news here, look at that ace Jobs quote on the wall.
     
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    Good stuff, I think I would've done better in school with tablets. I've seen some of the learning applications, and they are lots of fun to use, and educational at the same time..
     
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    bit insulting
     
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    bit oversensitive
     
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    Tayyip : Ehh, can I have them by tomorrow?
    Tim : Yes of cour... wait, when?
     
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    A possible big deal, indeed. (Your sarcasm duly noted.)

    Just think of the overall ecosystem benefits. If APPLE can be successful with this 'Education Initiative', that would be sensational, not only for the immediate economic windfall to the company, but also as an example to education ministries in other countries, who would no doubt keep a close eye on this 'experiment', and who might follow suit.

    If they can convince the Turkish government to go with them, rather than MICROSOFT or GOOGLE, and secure this 'contract', the overall long term benefits of this to APPLE, would be almost incalculable! A brilliant move!
     
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    good thing for turkish kids but the turkish president is a joke i wouldnt be surprised if he overpaid for the tablets.
     
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    Uninformed

    Actually, it would be. It's not easy when you are always fighting the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation (actually, just the Malinda Fund) giving away millions of WIN8 Products for free.

    10 million is a nice initial footprint for that region. If it happens. :apple:
     
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    Well, it probably is a big deal for Turkey. They probably still have the fastest growing economy in the region (both Europe and the Middle East, bearing in mind they straddle both) and a fast growing high tech industry. Turkish businesses we used to make fun of for being cheap (just like Lucky Goldstar, back in the day) are increasingly well respected. It makes sense that the Turks see a strategic need to update and boost their education.
     
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    Lol! I see what you did there. ;0)
     
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    But uncaring of others feelings.
     
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    honestly for education purposes all 3 would be the same really so they should go for whatever is cheapest and put the saved cash to other education programs. for this reason I can't see Apple getting it
     
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    Maybe that's what happened to my school. Suddenly, Vista everywhere one year. >90% of the students use Macs.
     
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    If they were smart, they'd wait for the rumored re-design this fall. Especially if you're buying 10.6 million of them!
     
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    I'm quite jealous of these kids having iPads for school. I can only imagine how much better off I'd be today had iOS devices and the internet been around in my K-12 years.
     
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    deal (n): to trade or do business (followed by with or in): eg. to deal with a firm; to deal in used cars

    Correct. If Turkey buys 10.6 million iPads from Apple, I suppose you could call that a big deal.
     
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    I wish we had calculators when I went to school that you could afford (class of '78).
     
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    Well, education sales at that scale get sold at a discount, and when the new iPad gets released I don't think there would be 10 million of 'em available to purchase like that until late next year. :)
     
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    This. Unless Turkey has some fanboys I think Google/MS are the best bets. With Google having a decent lead.
     

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