iBooks 2 is a reading tool that will allow for interactive experiences like videos, photos and glossaries.
iTunes author is an app that will give individuals the tools to create textbooks and other books.
ITunes U is an app that will provide the capability to publish entire curriculums online, now available for K-12.
Matthew Caudle, technology specialist at the AU Bookstore, said other than what has been announced, there aren’t any specifics of what’s to come.
This includes when the apps will be available to college students.
“They’re doing K-12 first,” Caudle said. “So they’re not really targeting college right now, they’re targeting elementary and high school. So they’ll use that as a trial run.”
Caudle said to jumpstart the apps, K-12 is somewhere to start.
“That’s fairly easy because for the most part the high schools and stuff pay for the books,” Caudle said.
Instead of receiving books, students will receive an e-document they can read on an iPad, he said.
Caudle said if the apps come into effect on campus, purchases won’t be made through the bookstore.
“That’s something that will be bought through Apple, just like you buy off of iTunes,” he said. “They will have textbooks and stuff available there just like you can buy off of Amazon or from here or wherever else.”
Caudle said it remains to seen if Apple will allow campus stores to sell the materials.