Apple Executives visited Turkish President for 4.5 billion Fatih Project
Apple’s vice president of education John Couch on Friday met with Turkish President Abdullah Gül to discuss the country’s massive iPad initiative, which could put around 12 million tablets in the hands of Turkey’s young students at an estimated cost of around $5 billion. (source: Wsp)
Among other topics discussed during the meeting was that of Apple products being sold on the Turkish market several months after they are introduced in other countries. According to a report from ‘Today’s Zaman‘, Mr. Gül, who closely follows technological developments, asked the Apple officials to give up, as he put it, this “second-class” treatment practice Turkey receives from Cupertino which leads to dissatisfaction among Turks. Couch reportedly said he would convey Gül’s message to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
As you might heard President Mr. Gul visited Apple’s Campus and met CEO Tim Cook and other Turkish employees in region. Beside Apple, some other well known Tech Giants, such as Microsoft also wants to take a share on Fatih Project since it has a great past experience with Education Ministry.
We have talked to Mr. Abdullah Diltemiz, one of the experts on tablet education and Fatih Project, and he mentioned that lots of different C Level managers visit Turkey regularly to have a chance on Fatih Project. One of the most important things is that government would like to start an initiative that let giant companies to invest manufacturing or R&D facilities in Turkey with this project. Technology is one of the 10 sectors that government wants to have at least 1 world brand in 2023, 100th anniversary of Turkish Republic.