World Bulletin / News Desk
President Abdullah Gül on Friday complained to officials from US technology giant Apple about the second-class treatment Turkey receives from the company, whose products reach the Turkish market several months after they are introduced in other countries.
Gül received Apple Vice President John Couch and a delegation from the company at the Çankaya presidential palace on Friday.
Apple products are sold on the Turkish market several months after they are launched in countries such as the United Kingdom and France, which leads to dissatisfaction among Turks.
Gül asked the Apple officials to give up this practice, to which Couch said he would convey Gül's message to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Gül also requested the inclusion of the Turkish language in products manufactured by Apple as well as the Turkish F keyboard.
Couch said Apple has begun work on adding Turkish and the F keyboard to their products.
Gül, who closely follows technological developments and is an active user of Twitter and Instagram, also requested the opening of authorized Apple stores in Turkey.
Sources from the Presidency said Gül's request was welcomed by the Apple officials.
Last May, Gül visited Apple's headquarters in Silicon Valley. The president also met with Apple CEO Cook there and told him that it was difficult to use Turkish characters on iPads. Cook, in return, said he had not been informed of this but would solve the problem.
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