updated 01:32 pm EST, Fri February 7, 2014
Apps, educational systems discussed
As a part of his tour of the United Arab Emirates, Apple CEO Tim Cook today met with Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi and other government officials in Dubai, says the Khaleej Times. The ensemble reportedly discussed developing next-generation educational apps, and the potential of creating an entirely new educational model that other nations might adopt as well. Al Gergawi is said to have lauded the potential of a public-private partnership with Apple.
"The UAE leadership's directives are clearly aligned toward establishing partnerships with global organizations, and the strategic partnership with Apple is in line with the directives of [Prime Minister] Shaikh Mohammed," the minister is quoted as saying.
Apple has been focusing heavily on iPad-based educational efforts since 2012, when it revamped iBooks and iTunes U. A number of US and European schools already have deals to use iPads, and the company has been angling for a multi-billion dollar contract to supply Turkey.