Turkey has more to 'lose' in Apple boycott

Published: August 16, 2018
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced yesterday that the country would boycott all electronics from the US amid tension and rising conflict between the two countries and its leaders.

Erdogan says Turkey will boycott US electronic goods

The problem with the new strategy is that it aims directly towards Apple which remains unaffected as Turkey relies on Apple and not the other way around, according to Mashable.

According to the statistics that were revealed by Mashable, only 2.08 per cent of the Turkish smartphone population own the locally produced Vestel phone until last December, whereas 17.41 per cent own iPhones.

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This, in turn, means that 41.09 million projected smartphone users in Turkey till last year out of which 7.15 million of them use iPhones. Fortune reported that only  1.02 per cent of the more than 700 million iPhone users in the world are in Turkey,

Putting all the mathematics and statistics together, it concludes that there are 8.5 times more iPhone users worldwide than there are people in Turkey.

President Donald Trump doubled tariffs on Turkish metals exports to the United States last week prompting Turkey, which says it will not bow to threats, to raise tariffs on US cars, alcohol and tobacco by the same amount on Wednesday.

A decree by Erdogan doubled Turkish tariffs on imports of US passenger cars to 120 per cent, alcoholic drinks to 140 per cent and leaf tobacco to 60 per cent. Tariffs were also doubled on goods such as cosmetics, rice and coal.

This article originally appeared on Mashable.

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  • anna bong
    Aug 16, 2018 - 4:51PM

    Same on Turks, being Muslm country they are importing alcohol from America. They will be cursed.Recommend

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