Apple has released a new version of iTunes, version 10.5.3, to support interactive textbooks on the iPad.
Apple doesn’t think the textbook is going to be the ideal learning tool of tomorrow’s classrooms. The company believes today’s textbooks are heavy, that they are expensive and that they wear out.
“Yet,” company exec Phil Schiller said, “the content is amazing.”
He positioned the iPad as more portable and durable than paper and instantly updated, unlike today’s books. And he said Apple plans to take textbooks to the digital age.
Here are the notes from the release. You can download it on your computer or PC.
iTunes 10.5.3 allows you to sync interactive iBooks textbooks to your iPad. These Multi-Touch textbooks are available for purchase from the iTunes Store on your Mac or from the iBookstore included with iBooks 2 on your iPad.
iBooks textbooks are created with iBooks Author — now available as a free download on the Mac App Store.
For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222