Apple, Microsoft and Intel are reportedly bidding for a new project announced by the Turkish government, with the winner getting a contract to build and supply 15 million tablets to Turkish children over a period of four years.
The Turkish state-owned Anatolia news agency reported that Turkish Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan has confirmed the three tech giants are actively bidding for the project, which is named ‘Fatih’, which means ‘conqueror’ in Turkish.
According to the news agency, Caglayan revealed that he had met with Apple officials during his visit to the United States recently. He also said that as a part of the deal, Apple would have to manufacture some iPhone and iPad accessories in Turkey including earphones and covers.
Software giant Microsoft is also interested in the project, with Microsoft officials planning to visit Turkey in order to get first hand information about the new government project, while Intel, which is also interested in the project, is also planning to open a research and development centre in the country.
Meanwhile, Turkey Industry Minister Nihat Ergun also confirmed that Turkish school children would be the recipients of the 15 million tablets produced by the chosen company.