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Tim Cook is reportedly scheduled to travel to Turkey next year for the opening of Apple’s first retail store in the country. The store is located in the city of Istanbul, in the Zorlu Center, and is expected to open on February 4, 2014.

But according to a new report, that won’t be Cook’s only order of business for the visit. The CEO is also believed to be meeting with President Abdullah Gül to discuss a potential education iPad deal worth between $3 and $4 billion…

AppleInsider has translated the story from Turkish site emlakkulisi.com:

“Cook will be in Turkey next year to meet with President Abdullah Gül over the country’s so-called “FATIH Project,” which seeks to replace blackboards and textbooks with modern computing devices. In May, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Apple headquarters to inspect the tech giant’s latest technological advancements before putting out a bid for his FATIH project.

Apple has been trying to negotiate this deal with the country for some time now. President Gül met with the company’s VP for education John Couch and other executives in Cupertino last year, and then again earlier this year in Turkey.

Apple execs meeting with Turkish presidentphoto from meeting earlier this year via the president’s PR office

Should the deal go through, the program’s initial phase calls for the purchase of 10.6 million tablets, followed by a second purchase of between 2 and 2.5 million iPads. In total, the entire initiative is scheduled to roll out over a four-year period.

  • Fikri CanCankurtaran

    You guys finally have noticed Turkey, congratulations!

    • EpicFacepalm

      This is not the first time

      • Fikri CanCankurtaran

        Apple Online Store opened 1st of November and iDB missed it. When i said “notice”, i mean online store opening and all rumors about retail store.

      • EpicFacepalm

        Oh yes, that’s true. Touché

  • ysfemrhn

    But we are the country which is selling the expensivest (is this a word?!) iPhones in the world. Althought, thanks Apple for their new store. And lastly BURA BÜYÜK Bİ ÜLKE CODU BAŞGAN

    • EpicFacepalm

      the most expensive*
      fixed for you 🙂

    • EpicFacepalm

      the most expensive*
      fixed it for you 🙂

  • EpicFacepalm

    Buying iPads will hardly gonna fix the problems underlying stupid education system there.

    I hope iPads magically improve IQ and teach students. No sarcasm there, actually iPads teach how to use iOS, and it’s something.

    • Elvin Topalov

      The same can be said about the American education system.

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Well, I am Turkish and I will be there at the opening (OFCOURSE, i wouldnt be missin that :D) but I just wish that the problems here could be solved with iPads. Sure its a good thing and all, but the system is actually very badly f#ked up, it has come to a point that even trillions if dolars cant save it. In Turkey, children are not being thought, they are being injected by information, if you can remember them, you are an electrical engineer, if not, well you have to waste a year and try again. We dont learn here, we memorize most of the time. It is not effective, not one bit. For 12 years students are being treated as horses being prepared for races. In this case our race is 3-5 exams that really do not test a thing (neither problem solving skills nor creativity) but define who we will be fir the rest of our lives.

    • Ted Forbes

      Academic is a global epidemic and this epidemic is politics. We get what they want us to have not what we want… You got to fight these poodles of the elites, these idiots for what you want…

  • Fırat Çiftçi

    The iPhone 5S 16 GB is $1050 in the Apple Online Store for us. I hope they will handle the prices.

  • Emir Erdoğdu

    Finally.

  • Doga Dogan

    cCc Tim Cook siker cCc