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Apple, Intel, Microsoft bid on 15 million tablets for Turkey

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Thu August 18, 2011

Project would grant 15 million tablets to schools

Apple, Intel and Microsoft may bid to help supply up to 15 million tablets to Turkish schoolkids over a period of four years, according to the country's state-owned news agency, Anatolia. The outlet quotes Turkish trade minister Zafer Caglayan, who says that while visiting the US, Apple officials told him the company might also consider using Turkish manufacturers to build accessories such as covers and headphones for iPads and iPhones. To win the tablet contract, known as Fatih, a company must at least build the tablets within Turkey.

Caglayan adds that a Microsoft team may visit Turkey to inquire about Fatih. Intel, meanwhile, is allegedly considering building a research and development facility in the country. While the companies appear to be working on sweetening their bids, of the three, only Apple has an existing commercial tablet that could be adapted to educational needs.



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  1. iphonerulez

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    +1

    Apple seriously needs to do

    whatever it takes to get that contract. If there was ever a reason to invest some of that reserve cash into gaining an iPad contract, this is it. For Apple it will only be a matter of boosting production again whereas Microsoft would have to start from scratch.

  1. prl99

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    Joined: Mar 2009

    +1

    typical favor buying

    Turkey isn't any different than the US in trying to sweeten deals. Look at Apple's new data center. North Carolina (at least the area where the data center is being built) definitely greased the wheels to get Apple to locate in their state. Drop taxes in exchange for potential jobs.

    Apple is going to have to partner with some of its current tablet making companies in order to create the infrastructure necessary to build the tablets in Turkey. I haven't seen the bid sheet to know if Turkey expects everything to be built in Turkey or only to assemble the tablets there. Microsoft would have to do the same thing, getting a computer parts manufacturer to locate in Turkey so they can dump their software on it (Microsoft is actually in an easier position to do this since they only need to talk a manufacturer into going to Turkey. They can stay in the US and just deliver the software.). If Apple does win this contract, it will be interesting to see how much the Turkish employees get paid compared to those in the Far East.

  1. flippyzip

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    Turks are

    intolerant simpletons. Apple shouldn't even consider doing business with them.

  1. prl99

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    +3

    racist comments

    @flippyzip, I imagine you dropped both previous comments, which doesn't surprise me considering your obvious racist comment. Apple does business with China and with just about every country in the world. How is Turkey any different? If you can't separate your intolerant viewpoints from commenting on the business implications, then I suggest you stick you head back in the ground, joining all your intolerant friends.

  1. flippyzip

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    How are Turks any different?

    I thought I made that point clear enough. Turks are intolerant of any viewpoint different from theirs. They're fanatical in regards to their nation and religion. Challenge them in their perverted beliefs and they'll threaten you with death. I'm not racist but rather someone who actually has some practical experience dealing with them. Do you have any experience dealing with Turks or are you just pulling those noble thoughts out of your a**?

  1. viktorob

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    +1

    Thanks Giving?

    No american company can win that contract because they eat turkeys in thanks giving.... lol
    Ok, let's get sirius. Apple doesn't need Turkey, Turkish will need apple. Is that simple, Apple has prove it has the best device for education and if Turkey people want the best education, they have to have the best educational device, is that simple.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    MS doesn't make 'tablets'

    MS will submit a bid for 'slates' because they are still living in a fantasy world where they control the dialogue.

    Intel? Are they actually going to bid a MeeGo tablet? Slightly interesting if they do, but I imagine the students, teachers, and everyone else would want an iPad.

    Now maybe HP should bid, they have a few tablets they need to dump. There you go - real attractive price.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    6 billion dollar contract?

    Even at $400 per tablet - that's a 6 billion dollar outlay for tablets, wow..

  1. elroth

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    Joined: Jul 2006

    -2

    uh

    flippyzip, you've been watching too many Hollywood movies.

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