Apple Inc. (AAPL) CEO To Meet Turkish President, May Discuss iPad Deal


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook will meet the Turkish President this week, most likely to discuss the iPad education deal worth around $3-$4 billion. During his recent tour, Cook met with premiers of the two states, and now he will visit Turkey accompanied by his delegation on Tuesday February 4th. The President’s official page announced the news of the meeting with Apple’s CEO.

FAITH project expected as main objective

According to some speculators the centerpiece of the discussion will be the “FAITH Project” of Turkey under which the country is planning to replace the customary teaching tools with superior equipment like the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad. Back in December, a report claimed that the two of them would meet in February.

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Before Cook, Apple’s VP John Couch also came to the state and met with the president last year to hold talks on the country’s education program. Later, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California to gain an insight on the company’s iPad in education technology before hiring the company as an equipment partner for its FAITH project.

As per the reports coming in, Initially Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would supply 10.6 million tablets to assist the high-tech education program of the state. Also, the state could order for another 2 to 2.5 million units over a four year period. The project will cost between $2 billion and $4 billion.

Also, Cook’s visit to Turkey will also mark its first Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) store, a 21,500 square-foot outlet in Instanbul‘s Zorlu Center.  Apple is expanding in the region, and, in October, the company inaugurated its online Apple store accessible.

Apple CEO on a mini world tour

Just couple of days back, Cook visited the UAE and met Vice President and Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Sunday to discuss various topics including the IT sector of the country, as well as education.

During his visit, Cook praised the state for launching e-government programs, according to reports of the Khaleej Times. In Dubai, also, the precise purpose of the visit was not known, but some expected that Cook was there to strike a deal of supplying Apple equipment for education initiatives taken by the local authorities. Cook also took a tour of official Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) resellers like The Virgin Megastore in Abu Dhabi and Jacky’s Electronics in Dubai, according to the reports of