Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 17:41 UTC
Apple Apple's education event just ended, and just as Ars Technica said, Apple announced better support for textbooks, as well as a textbook authoring tool. The textbook authoring tool is heavily inspired by Keynote and Pages, and hence, I already know it's going to be top-notch and very pleasant to use. In addition, the company also repositioned iTunes U as a Blackboard competitor. As great as all these new tools are, several large red flags went up in my mind: I remember what it was like being the only student who didn't use Windows. Update: "Any e-textbook author that wants access to the iPad-toting masses must make his or her work an exclusive to iBooks 2."
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I find reading about Apple software a little frustrating at times.

Features like iMessage and FaceTime are great, but they don't have the effect they should because they assume everyone in the world will own an iOS device (which, unless Apple gives them away, will never happen).

Imagine the constructive damage and disruption Apple could inflict upon anti-consumer carriers and networks. These applications could literally effect the whole world for the better, but not with iOS-exclusivity.

The same goes for the new iBooks strategy. Apple will never truly disrupt the textbook industry until it has a cross-platform iBooks. This won't help the thousands of children using OLPC tablets, and it won't help the millions of children using laptops and PCs.

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