Online courses on the iPad: Apple launches iTunes U on the App Store

On the educational event in New York Apple today introduced a new application for iOS called iTunes U. The universal app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and will provide students with a complete package in order to participate in online courses from different universities.

Unlike the iTunes U video category in iTunes, the new app offers a complete package for teachers and students. Apple wants to make this possible, including through the integration of (paid) iBooks books and podcasts. For students, the app also offers the functions to create during the course notes.

Also, the app can be used to distribute homework: To-do lists and tasks can be sent directly to the students on their iOS device. Links within the app to link tasks, including the necessary text books with the data stored in iBooks. Who more than an iOS device can call his own, rejoice: the same note app also syncs iTunes U content between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iTunes U had been of particular interest to students, so should the trial offer now also be extended to the secondary.

iTunes U is available now in the App Store.

Live Updating: Apple Education Event Today in NYC

For several minutes the first Apple Special Event of 2012 starts. In the past week, Apple sent out invitations to selected U.S. media representatives today for a special event. “Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple” was on the invitation card, the background was the New York skyline, including the Apple logo visible. From 16 clock Apple announced today at the Guggenheim Museum, the first news of the year.

The invitation card to indicate it already. Apple does anything in the “education” in the shields. The only question is “what?”. In recent days there have been rumors that Apple might introduce. Fueled by statements in the official Steve Jobs biography, shot himself in the rumor mill quickly to the issue of school books. Several sources, including the Wal Street Journal, as supplemented, that developer tools for the creation and distribution of textbooks will be presented. A collaboration has been named among other things, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Eddy Cue, and Roger Rosner should be represented on stage by Apple.


Shortly before closing gates throws Jason D. O’Grady a few rumors in the room, which he claims to have heard just before the event. He announced via Twitter that he had a little bird twittered that 12 pages, 2 iBooks will be presented today (with the support of OS X Lion) and textbooks on loan in New York.
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Report: Apple to hold iPad 3 event in early February

Apple Education Event on Thursday in New York is expected to produce only minor announcements. But already the beginning of February, Apple could invite the press again in the Yerba Buene Center for the Arts in San Francisco in order to present the new iPad. The shelves of the dealers come to the successor of the iPad 2 but only about a month later.

So at least the claim of the Japanese Mac blogs Macotakara who relies on information the Asian suppliers. The long waiting period between the announcement and publication Macotakara explained with the Chinese New Year, as some factories suspend production during the celebrations.

However, this assumption is made that would elapse between the announcement and publication of a full month. During the first iPad was delivered only two months after the keynote, Apple was able to bring the iPad 2 already after two days with the customer. macrumors.com speculated that Apple could postpone the lengthy approval procedures, so as to keep details about the new iPad under lock until the official announcement can.

Apple invites media for ‘education announcement’ in New York, next Thursday, Jan. 19


As first reported by The Loop, Apple sent out invites today for a special media event held in New York City next Thursday, Jan. 19. The invitation’s graphic shows the familiar New York skyscraper motif, adorned with the Apple logo silhouette and the tagline:

Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.

The invite arrives following a flurry of speculation pertaining to the nature of the event, which was first hinted by AllThingsD. The publication reported on Jan. 2 that Apple’s presser will not be huge —at least not compared to the company’s splashy theatrical announcements—nor will it cover any iPad or Apple TV hardware news.

Instead, it will focus on iBooks, another report said. With education the focus, this leaves iBooks and perhaps textbooks, another market Jobs wanted to disrupt, as the main attraction. The presser is said to involve Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, whose recently expanded responsibilities now include the App Store, iTunes Store, iAd, iCloud and iBooks.

(via 9to5Mac.com)