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Apple revamps iBooks
January 20, 2012, 11:49 pm
Filed under: Extended Major Project

Yesterday Apple held a press conference to unveil a new revamped version of iBooks entitled, iBooks 2.  The update has been introduced to help push digital textbooks into becoming more interactive. It’s been described as, “an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, current, engrossing, and truly interactive. A textbook created by publishers using a new authoring tool from Apple. A textbook brought to life by iPad.”

iBooks 2 Description

Introducing iBooks 2 — now with iBooks textbooks.

– Experience gorgeous Multi-Touch textbooks designed for iPad
– iBooks textbooks are filled with interactive features, diagrams, photos, and videos
– Tap to dive into images with interactive captions, rotate 3D objects, swipe through image galleries, watch videos in full screen, and more
– Use a finger as a highlighter when swiping over text in a textbook
– Take advantage of Study Cards to help you memorize important highlights, notes, and glossary terms
– Tap glossary terms to see definitions of key topics and concepts without leaving the page

The main focus of the event was education and it’s very clear that Apple want to re-invent education with this new addition to the IOS software. Apple has stated that, “for hundreds of years, textbooks have put a world of knowledge in the hands of students. But while the way people learn has changed dramatically, the traditional textbook has stayed the same.”

“Today’s students have grown up completely immersed in technology. iPod, iPad, computer — these are the ways they interact with their world. They need a textbook made for the way they learn.”

I’m going to revert this quote back to my project and use this as a way justifying further that our generation has had the privilege of being introduced to the iPad and also experience what it can do. This is why I’m more convinced that videos will eventually become more interactive. The user will have the option to explore further than what they see through the conventional video style. Most of us have experienced watching a film on an wireless device, but some people have argued that it doesn’t do the film justice as you’re not really gaining the true experience as you would in the cinema. Big hollywood films are designed for immersive big screen and surround that only a cinema delivers. The wireless devices on the other hand don’t offer that, expect you now have the luxury of watching a film whenever you want on the move.

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