Apple has confirmed it will be hosting a press event next week to make an announcement about its new endeavour in education.
Avoiding the hullaballoo of this week’s CES 2012 expo in Las Vegas, the Cupertino-based giant has sent out invites asking the press to join them for "an education announcement in the Big Apple" on January 19th.
If the rumours are to be trusted, Apple is likely to announce its long-anticipated plans to make school textbooks available on the iBookstore, which experts widely believe could help push the iPad as a bona fide educational tool.
According to his biography by Walter Isaacson, the late Apple founder Steve Jobs saw school textbooks as the next frontier for digital publishing.
Jobs believed that publishers could get around the state certification hoops if textbooks were given away free on iPads.
“We can give them an opportunity to circumvent that whole process and save money,” he told Isaacson.
Whatever that vision really means, we’ll find out at last next Thursday, so stay tuned.