Bloomberg reports that Apple is among the companies considering making a bid to provide as many as 15 million tablet devices to Turkish schoolchildren over the next four years. Microsoft and Intel are also said to be interested in bidding on the project.
Apple officials told [Turkish Trade Minister Zafer] Caglayan during his visit to the U.S. that the Cupertino, California-based maker of smart devices may also decide to use some Turkish manufacturers to make some peripheral equipment such as covers, earphones for its iPad and iPhone models, Caglayan said at a news conference with Turkish reporters in Seattle, according to the Ankara-based agency.
Government officials had previously indicated that the tablets themselves must also be produced in Turkey.
Apple shipped over 9 million iPads last quarter, making a potential order of 15 million units from Turkey a significant opportunity for Apple even if the order would be fulfilled over four years.