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Apple said it will be making an announcement in New York next week targeting the education market.
The event will be held Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. EST at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum near New York’s Central Park. Apple didn’t provide further details in its press invitation emailed Wednesday, and the company wasn’t immediately available to comment further.
Market watchers have been eagerly anticipating an iPad 3 and Apple TV announcement from the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant, but the invitation said the announcement will focus on education.
Last week, All Things Digital said the event likely will involve an initiative related to iBooks-the company’s form of digital books-in education, potentially with some sort of tie-in to iTunes U, which provides lectures, lessons and other educational content.
The blog, citing people close to the situation, said former CEO Steve Jobs was involved in the effort in the months prior to his death. That could mean, All Things Digital speculated, the news is a textbooks-on-iPads plan that Jobs famously discussed with biographer Walter Isaacson.
Apple has long been a supporter of education, and Jobs had sought to change the book industry. Colleges and univerisities have been using Apple’s iPad tablet in classrooms but have said the biggest hurdle to incorporating the devices more deeply into their curriculum is an insufficient selection of textbooks that go beyond just converting the print version into a digital format.