Apple sees education as one of the key markets where the iPad can play a major role. We’ve already seen school districts in the U.S. dole out free iPads to students in order to help them with their education. Turkey has a similar project called FATIH which aims to modernize the country’s classrooms by replacing traditional blackboards with devices such as tablets, including the much sought after iPads. As per local media reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook and several other top executives are scheduled to travel to the country in February 2014 to meet with the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül.
Cook and his entourage will be going to Turkey after the country’s Prime Minister paid a visit to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California earlier this year. The FATIH program is expected to run for about four years, initially the country aims to purchase some 10.6 million tablets followed by an additional cache of 2 to 2.5 million iPads. Overall, the deal is expected to cost around $4 billion. In Turkey, Cook and Co. are also expected to stop by the company’s first retail store in that country, located at the Zorlu Center in Istanbul. The store is said to be quite similar to Apple’s iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York.