Tim Cook to Meet With Turkish President Ahead of Istanbul Apple Store Opening [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple CEO Tim Cook will meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gül tomorrow at the Çankaya Presidential Compound in Ankara, according to the President's official calendar.

    The visit comes as Apple is planning to open its first retail store in the heart of Istanbul's new multi-use Zorlu Center sometime in 2014. Apple is also heavily involved in the bidding for Turkey's $4.5 billion tablet initiative that will see as many as 15 million tablets given to the country's schoolchildren, and Apple executives have met with the president about the project before.

    Turkish president Abdullah Gül at far left, Apple VP John Couch at far right at their meeting last year
    Cook's visit is part of an international tour that saw him visiting Ireland last week and the United Arab Emirates earlier today.

    Update: According to an official report [Google Translate] of the meeting, Cook revealed that the new Istanbul will open in April and will be unique among the company's stores. Cook and Gül also discussed the possibility of Apple bringing some research and development to Turkey, Siri support for Turkish, Apple's emphasis on education as it relates to the tablet initiative, and a request by Cook to remove luxury taxes currently applied to iPhone and iPad sales.

    Thanks Mert!

    Article Link: Tim Cook to Meet With Turkish President Ahead of Istanbul Apple Store Opening [Updated]
  2. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    That's pretty cool that a CEO of a private company has the power to meet with world leaders.
  3. phrehdd, Feb 3, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014

    phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Even cooler that he picks a nation that has a newly formed re-alliance with Iran. The first NATO nation to also allow Al Qaida to roam freely.

    Seems that Cook is like a dog that will wiggle on any vertical economic opportunity.
  4. pocket3d macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2010
    I look forward to a meeting between him and Vladimir Putin. But I would interpret it differently from you. It would be an opportunity to spread Apple's values of promoting creativity.
  5. TC03 macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    Apple should retain from politics.

    Meeting the Turkish president makes sense considering a $4.5 billion deal.
  6. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    What creativity do you speak of? Apple is not about creativity but about telling us it is cool to own an Apple device. Apple is about profit and that makes it no different than any other large company.


    I guess we should consider whoring ourselves to anyone...including those that would house terrorists openly that wish our demise.
  7. Sackvillenb macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Canada! \m/
    The principle of what you are saying is sound (although nowadays the definition of what constitutes a "terrorist" is often very gray), but we need to start making these kinds of demands to our politicians before we worry about manufacturers of consumer goods.
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Or horrifying.
  9. netopin macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2013
    Istanbul, TURKEY
  10. ardaburak macrumors newbie


    Oct 8, 2013
    I don't really know how to react to these comments. Apple is an American company and we buy s***load of iStuff. There is a store opening and APPLE wants a bigger share since market here today belongs to 3rd party sellers and maniac carries who looo000ove yanking out incredible amount of money and imprison us to their 2-3 years long, so called, contracts.

    So, why don't you take your meager knowledge of politics or whatever and go to some other thread or stop getting off-topic, please.
  11. HAMEYO macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2011

    Al Qaida is BACKED by CIA who're Bringing About CONFLICT ALL OVER THE WORLD !
    They EVEN Masterminding & Agitating Anti-Putin Movement in Russia Just As They DID in Syria TOO !!!!!!

    Apple's Move is ABSOLUTELY CONTRARY TO WHAT You Accuse of !
    They (Apple) are Very Very UNIQUELY REAL GLOBAL MIND ENTERPRIZE, Completely OPPOSITE to Your MIND-SET !

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