Apple provided some important information regarding education and its technology at today’s event held at the Guggenheim museum in NYC. It seems Apple has their eyes set on reinventing the textbook even though it already has 20,000 learning-themed apps and 1.5 million iPads that are currently being used in education.
Today’s event touched upon iBooks 2, which will provide a larger push toward education for Apple’s already popular iPad tablet. Titles are already available for purchase in iTunes and are priced at around $14.99 and below. However the size of the books were quite large, ranging from 800MB to 2.77 GB, which will take up quite a lot of space on your iPad when taking several classes.
The event also talked about iBooks Author, with focus on its ease-of-use that requires dragging and dropping things like images and videos into templates for easy creation. Once you’ve created your book, users can publish it for free (pending Apple approval) and charge a maximum $14.95 for it. Apple also spruced up their iTunes U that has more than 700 million downloads. Usually known for proving lectures, iTunes U will be getting its own app, where you can get a syllabus for the class, teacher bio, course description and an overview. Additional features will include being able to keep tabs on homework and course material, highlight and take notes on accompanying texts (you can buy in iBooks) and more.
Apple has already been working on digital textbooks with publishers Pearson PLC , McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , who are responsible for 90 per cent of textbooks sold in the United States.