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01-18-2012, 01:31 AM #1
Apple's VP of iWork to Spearhead Digital Textbook Creation Tool Development
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s vice president of the iWork suite of productivity applications, Roger Rosner, is heading up the development of Apple’s entry into the textbook market. This news comes just shortly before Apple’s education focused event in New York City. Rosner, who is an Apple veteran, currently oversees the development of the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers Mac applications along with heading up the iOS variants of the three Apple productivity applications.
Rosner currently works under Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, which alludes to Rosner continuing work in the cloud space. In June, Rosner gave Jobs a hand on stage by demoing Apple’s iCloud Documents in the Cloud storage feature. He explained that the feature, unlike a simple “hard disk in the sky” is integrated into iWork for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch while keeping iWork files in sync. The changes on one device will automatically and quickly sync to the user’s other devices.
Although Apple’s education-related announcements have mostly been kept a secret, the topics have been discussed to be ebooks and more specifically digital textbooks. Although some reports claim that Apple plans a textbook distribution service, the WSJ’s report claims the announcements will center on textbook creation tools. The tools are said to allow schools to create content for students in a digital manner.
We’ll find out what the truth is when the announcement is made during the event tomorrow. In the meantime, we’d like to hear what you think the company might be announcing! Share your thoughts and opinions below!
Source: Wall Street Journal
01-18-2012, 08:33 AM #2
How about they focusing on making iWork usable? Pages is actually pretty good for the most part, though it could really use some sort of mail merge functionality, but Numbers is atrocious. It looks pretty and a couple of features are neat, but if you try and use any of the fancy 3-D graphs, the thing slows to a crawl. I would also like to see some sort of macro feature built in. As much as I'm not the biggest fan of Microsoft, Excel is probably the best program they've ever developed.
01-18-2012, 10:14 AM #3
Think BIG Picture here!!
For those of us that are currently in school (or those who are finished just think back to when you were in school).
How AWESOME would it be to just carry around one iPad or Apple laptop and have all of your school books on that one device!!
No more carrying around those huge books or even worrying about which classes you have today (so you grab the right book) on your way out the door to class.
All you need is your iPad or your laptop and you've got it ALL.....
SIMPLY - AMAZING!!!!!
This is a truly untaped market that is ripe for the picking!