Apple is all about developing and releasing new ideas that could become very popular and subsequently be very profitable and this week they announced another idea that may just be the next big thing. On Thursday Apple announced a new system called iTunes U which is essentially a full education system that works on any and all iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.
The new system, according to Apple, is going to become a mainstream method of distributing textbooks, worksheets, handouts, and other assignments electronically so that there will be less paper waste. The project works entirely through iOS and as long as all students and teachers have a compatible device it will likely revolutionize education in the future. The biggest benefit to this new system is the new textbook system being implemented by Apple.
Even if the rest of the service does not catch on, Apple’s updated textbook service will definitely be good news for millions of students. The days of buying expensive textbooks, highlighting and taking notes by hand, and then throwing away old books are gone. Apple is hoping that the new service will become popular enough that a significant amount of books are transitioned primarily to digital copies which will help the environment as well as raise more funds for the publishers themselves. Perhaps the best news of all is that these new electronic textbooks are going to be less expensive than their real counterparts currently available.