Apple sends out invites to education event

Apple has begun sending out media invites to a new event to be held next Thursday, January 19th, in New York City, confirming earlier rumblings of a New York based keynote event. The Loop broke the story of the event, which will be the first Apple has held since the death of co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs.

The signaturely vague invite reads simple:

Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.

Rumors began swirling earlier this month of a 'media related announcement' coming from Apple. Unsurprisingly, the internet lit up with Apple fanatics speculated over just what the event would reveal, with rumors centering on everything from an upgraded iBooks to new developments of iAd or Apple TV. Instead, there's a good chance that Apple will be taking a step into a new market: textbooks.

Walter Isaacson, author of the eponymous biography of Steve Jobs, wrote that Jobs had expressed an interest in entering the company into the textbook market, replacing the bulky, outdated textbook with a light, thin iPad. Establishing a dominant position in the textbook market would open Apple up to a whole new market as the iPad became an essential accessory for schoolchildren throughout the world.

He held meetings with major publishers about partnering with Apple, the book says. If textbooks were given away free on iPads he thought the publishers could get around the state certification of textbooks. Mr. Isaacson said Mr. Jobs believed that states would struggle with a weak economy for at least a decade. “We can give them an opportunity to circumvent that whole process and save money,” he told Mr. Isaacson.

It's unlikely that the event will bring any game changers to the wider technology market but it could be a game changer for the educational system. On the other hand, it's hard to rule anything out with an Apple event. It's going to be very interesting to see Apple's first keynote in the post-Jobs era, as well as the reaction it garners.

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B-s. Until you solve the problem of how do you keep an iPad charged all day even though it's in use all day. Currently the iPad battery will not last a 14 hour student day.

KingCrimson said,
B-s. Until you solve the problem of how do you keep an iPad charged all day even though it's in use all day. Currently the iPad battery will not last a 14 hour student day.

Who uses a tablet for 14 straight hours? You maybe, but not many others.

KingCrimson said,
B-s. Until you solve the problem of how do you keep an iPad charged all day even though it's in use all day. Currently the iPad battery will not last a 14 hour student day.

It should last at least a day with average usage. I think it can be on standby for for a little over a week. As farmeunit pointed out who uses a tablet for 14 straight hours. Lots of students currently take laptops to class and on campus with much much shorter battery lives compared to iPad or your typical tablet.

KingCrimson said,
B-s. Until you solve the problem of how do you keep an iPad charged all day even though it's in use all day. Currently the iPad battery will not last a 14 hour student day.
What problem?? my work (A K-12 school) has already started intergrating iPads into the curriculum and has been a raging success. The students use them for everything all day and never had such battery issues. As long as they charge it each night the iPad will last the day no problem.

Using an iPad for 14 hours straight is nothing short of insane. Most days I'm not awake much more than 14 hours - maybe 16 or so. During peak essay writing, exam study, whatever... if I study for 14 hours, I will die. Simple as that.

KingCrimson said,
B-s. Until you solve the problem of how do you keep an iPad charged all day even though it's in use all day. Currently the iPad battery will not last a 14 hour student day.

iPad battery is pretty good, i use mine roughly 2 hours a day and barely charge it once a week... i've found it takes a while to charge it to 100% (nothing an over night charge wouldn't fix) but one it's at full charge it lasts for a really long time.

APPLE ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER THE CHILDREN!
THE APPLE RELIGION IS BORN!

/s (But, only slightly. Give it a few years...)

Wombatt said,
APPLE ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER THE CHILDREN!
THE APPLE RELIGION IS BORN!

/s (But, only slightly. Give it a few years...)

I know your being sarcastic but actually Apple already are, iPads are becoming huge in education and at least here in Australia there is a massive push to intergrate iPads into the education system. A deal with releasing text books on the iPad would be the icing on the cake and would only strengthen Apple's position as the premier tablet for education.

Wombatt said,
APPLE ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER THE CHILDREN!
THE APPLE RELIGION IS BORN!

/s (But, only slightly. Give it a few years...)

In my country some people (media people which is the worst thing ever) thinks that Steve Jobs invented everything (including internet). So Apple is right now a religion...

They're going to have to come up with something meaningful. As of right now, using an iPad for my college life isn't even close to convenient.

srprimeaux said,
They're going to have to come up with something meaningful. As of right now, using an iPad for my college life isn't even close to convenient.

It's actually quite useful --
Coursesmart -- textbooks (rent textbooks for 180 days, price is usually pretty low)
iStudiez -- very nice organizer
CourseNotes -- While I don't use this on ipad (just yet), it's actually a really useful notetaking tool.

styxrtp said,

It's actually quite useful --
Coursesmart -- textbooks (rent textbooks for 180 days, price is usually pretty low)
iStudiez -- very nice organizer
CourseNotes -- While I don't use this on ipad (just yet), it's actually a really useful notetaking tool.

My textbooks are not available.

iStudiez Pro is on my Mac and iPhone. I don't necessarily see a reason to have it on an iPad.

CourseNotes .... ever tried taking notes with an iPad? I have. It's not a grand experience, especially in a classroom setting.

LOL... @ "if textbooks are given away free on iPads" ...

But then the US has to pay for iPads!! You may think they would save money now, but how long will those ipads last.. if Apple does not even support the iphone 3Gs with the latest software, (released 3 years ago) how often will the iPads need to be replaced..

They are probably trying to get this thing is stone before Windows 8 comes out... Why would you go with ipads when you can get windows 8 tablets that can be cheaper (arm version), customized for individuals needs, supported for a longer time..

I hated the fact that universities/schools use apple products because they are premium. At my university, they installed a bunch of apple desktops that cost around 1500 bucks and then have a hundred 200 dollar, 5 year old, dell windows xp computers..

Lachlan said,
if Apple does not even support the iphone 3Gs with the latest software, (released 3 years ago) how often will the iPads need to be replaced..

This is false. Latest version of iOS is supported.

Shadrack said,
This is false. Latest version of iOS is supported.

No, he's talking about the iPhone 3G, not the 3GS. The 3G support stopped after iOS 4.2.1 was released.

UndergroundWire said,

You want a 6th generation phone called an iPhone 5? Wait what?

Just like how the 2nd generation iPhone was called the iPhone 3G.

The Teej said,

Just like how the 2nd generation iPhone was called the iPhone 3G.

3G wasn't a version, it was a technology, wish people would stop confusing that with a version number.... Apple never really used version numbers they just used names... iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S next is probably 5 or iPhone LTE

UndergroundWire said,

You want a 6th generation phone called an iPhone 5? Wait what?


There won't be an iPhone 5, there will be an iPhone 4G instead.
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The Teej said,

Just like how the 2nd generation iPhone was called the iPhone 3G.

Now that somebody has educated you on why it was called 3G, more than likely if Apple was smart, they will call the phone a 4G or 4GS. Assuming they still won't be behind the curve with LTE.

neufuse said,

3G wasn't a version, it was a technology, wish people would stop confusing that with a version number.... Apple never really used version numbers they just used names... iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S next is probably 5 or iPhone LTE

Le sigh... I'm fully aware the 3G isn't a number (do you think I'm retarded or something?). My point being is that Someone inferred it'd be weird if the 6th gen iPhone was called the iPhone 5, when the second generation was called the iPhone 3GS (i.e. it wasn't called the iPhone 2) - the point I was trying to make was that Apple doesn't correspond the number in their iPhone name to the generation number the iPhone actually is.

The Teej said,

when the second generation was called the iPhone 3GS (i.e. it wasn't called the iPhone 2)

That was the third generation.

1st Generation was called the iPhone
2nd Generation was called the iPhone 3G
3rd Generation was called the iPhone 3GS
4th Generation was called the iPhone 4
5th Generation was called the iPhone 4S
6th Generation will be called ????

Now if Apple wants to correspond to the generation of the phone to the number they put on the phone, the numbering is messed up now. They set it on track with the 3GS and iPhone 4. they messed it up by the 4S.
If Apple wants to correct this, they will correspond it to the version of iOS. So if the iPhone 5 comes out, the version of iOS should be 5.X.

What you are referring to as Apple not putting version number on their products is not true. What about the iPad?

Apple usually does not put version numbers on their products like the Macbook, iPods, Apple TV, etc. But why do they put a name on the iPhone or iPad? They should have stuck with this method by just selling it as the iPhone or iPad?