1. Akshay Masand's Avatar


    Apple CEO Tim Cook along with select executives will reportedly visit Turkey in February to discuss a potential iPad in education deal which is worth over $4 billion. According to the Turkish language publication Emlakkulisi, Cook will be in Turkey next year to meet with President Abdullah Gül over the country’s so-called “FAITH Project,” which seeks to replace blackboards and textbooks with modern computing devices.

    For those of you who didn’t know, in May, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Apple headquarters to inspect the tech giant’s latest technological advancements before putting out a bit for his FAITH project. The program’s initial phase calls for the acquisition of 10.6 million tablets and could be followed by another purchase of between 2 to 2.5 million iPads. In total, the initiative is scheduled to roll out over a four-year period and is expected to cost between $3 and $4 billion.

    Along with the presidential meeting, Cook is said to be planning a visit to Turkey’s first Apple Store in Istanbul’s Zorlu Center, which is set to open early next year. The over 21,500 square foot location is said to feature an all-glass-cube structure which closely resembles the famous Fifth Avenue store in New York City.

    The Cupertino California tech giant is continuously pushing beyond established markets such as US and Europe, trying to concentrate efforts on breaking into developing economy. Istanbul’s retail Apple Store will be Apple’s second official retail presence in Turkey, following October’s debut of the Turkish Online Apple Store.

    Source: Emlakkulisi via AppleInsider

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2013-12-25 06:54 AM
  2. buggsy2's Avatar
    The Turkish president should call the Los Angeles school district first.
    2013-12-25 07:19 AM
  3. DieselVexx's Avatar
    Schmitty with GooGle couldn't seal the deal? I guess this is the reason for all the talk about finger prints and security.
    2013-12-25 12:20 PM
  4. *T*'s Avatar
    This is an outstandingly bad idea.
    2013-12-25 04:01 PM
  5. kemalmurt's Avatar
    Great deal.. More i devices.. Less android.. Kwality over kwantity..
    2013-12-25 11:17 PM
  6. kosher1's Avatar
    Don't deal with them crooks.
    2013-12-25 11:34 PM
  7. hemptation's Avatar
    My mother is a college professor. And she stands behind schools switching to tablets and computers A lot of it has to do with the cost of publishing , printing and shipping books. You would be surprised how much money is spent on books in entirety. And how many trees are cut down to provide them. Just saying. I support all of this. Wether it's apple or another manufacturer
    2013-12-26 03:31 AM
  8. buggsy2's Avatar
    No one is surprised by how much college textbooks cost. But the reason isn't paper and ink prices and the solution isn't $700 tablets. High school and undergrad textbooks should be open sourced and freely available in any form. The LA school board and apparently the Turkish president foolishly think a tablet is a magic device that will improve learning.
    2013-12-26 03:50 AM
  9. hemptation's Avatar
    Bro. My brothers physics book last year was 300$. Yea he could resell it for half when the class was done. But that was one class. Also think about school. When you had 5-6 heavy books you had to lug around. There are so many positive points to this it isn't even funny. How about being able to look up and answer a question in a matter of seconds by using google or some other search engine provided by the iBooks/ text book index. This will revolutionize the education process if we, as adults and parents can figure out how to implement it as a true learning tool.

    Now I m not saying kids are not going to play and abuse this. Cause it will happen. That's just part of it. But those are the same kids that skip school and never wind up with a real education anyway.

    And honestly, if tablets were in back when I went to college. I probably would have stayed in school and got my masters. For me it's easier to read and learn on an iPad as preferred to thumbing thru a book. Just saying. Personal preference

    Ps. Just because high school kids don't pay for books. Doesn't mean they do not cost the school system. And about every 5 years have to be reprinted and replaced. And the books don't cost near as much as the shipping and the binder on the book
    Last edited by hemptation; 2013-12-26 at 04:05 AM.
    2013-12-26 04:02 AM
  10. kemalmurt's Avatar
    So true... Every year you pay crazy amount of money for books... With a tablet it's bether.. My kids learn much more with the ipads. You can download so many apps and most of them are free..
    2013-12-26 11:48 PM
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