Apple could be set to revolutionize higher education

For many freshmen, iPods and other devices manufactured by Apple are an essential addition to their "What to bring to college" checklist. However, this could soon be the case for even more college-bound students, according to TechCrunch.

Apple is allegedly planning a large event for the end of the month focusing on developments to its iTunes platform. Experts predict that the announcement will center around the company's plans to enter the digital publishing marketplace, which could have significant implications for students. Clayton Morris, a technology expert for Fox News, also speculated that the event will deal with Apple's planned move into the academic publishing sector.

"This event will focus on iTunes University and Apple in education," Morris wrote on his blog. "The event will be in New York rather than in the Silicon Valley because New York is more centrally located for [textbooks] and publishing. I expect at least two large project announcements as they relate to Apple in education."

The timing of the announcement could be a big move for the technology company. According to The New York Times, Bruce Hildebrand of the higher education sector at the Association of American Publishers says that the digital textbook rental market could see significant growth in coming years.

What do you think of digital textbooks? Would you prefer to rent an electronic copy of a textbook rather than pay for a print copy?

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