Apple releases Education Starter Guides for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2016

Integrating the iPad into curriculum just got easier as Apple yesterday released a collection of guidebooks on the iBooks Store that its educational teams designed to help educators learn how to use iPads and first-party apps in the classroom. The new Education Starter Guides for iPad series consist of six interactive guidebooks with photos and videos.

Created and published published by Apple’s in-house Education team, the new e-books are promoted in an email blast to iTunes U users and on the Education section of the iBooks Store. Read More


iTunes U gains new import options and other perks in latest App Store update

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2016

Apple’s iTunes U application has received a refresh in the App Store, bringing out a few new features. For starters, iTunes U 3.3 for iOS now takes advantage of third-party Document Provider extensions.

This enables iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners to easily add new materials from various cloud services for which they have an app installed on their device, such as iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox and so forth. Read More


iTunes U gains support for Shared iPad feature, Spotlight Search integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2016

iTunes U, Apple’s application that gives you access to its collection of free education content on iTunes and lets you create your own teaching material, was refreshed today in the App Store with half a dozen new features.

Among the biggest enhancements is integration with iOS 9’s Spotlight Search as well as support for the Managed Apple IDs and the Shared iPad features, which are both part of Apple’s new classroom experience in iOS 9.3. Read More


iTunes U gains homework hand-in feature, one-to-one discussions, PDF annotations and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2015

iTunes U, Apple’s educational catalog on iTunes, has gotten a whole lot more useful with a significant update to the official iPhone and iPad app in the App Store.

As first reported Thursday by Re/code, iTunes U for iOS has gained an interesting homework hand-in feature and PDF annotations providing a timestamp when the student submits term papers, book reports and other work.

Other changes include an integrated grade book, one-to-one discussions, importing content from third-party apps, including Apple’s own Keynote, Pages and iMovie, and more. Read More


Stanford makes ‘Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift’ course available on iTunes U

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Stanford has made its ‘Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift’ course available on iTunes U on Monday, helping beginners gain an understanding of Apple’s new programming language.

The course is available to download for free, and Stanford says you should have C language and object-oriented programming experience already to make the most of the course.  Read More


iLife and iWork apps to come pre-installed on 64/128GB iPhone 6/Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2014

Customers who’ve purchased a 64 or 128-gigabyte edition of either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus won’t need to download Apple’s iLife and iWork productivity suite when the handset hits store shelves this Friday as the apps will come pre-loaded on their device, according to an internal Apple Retail training document obtained by Dan DeSilva of 9to5Mac.

Apple since last September started providing Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand and iTunes U apps as free downloads to every new iOS device owner. Read More


Apple posts iTunes U 2.0 update with Discussions, creation tools and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

Keeping true to its promise to release a much-improved iTunes U version 2.0 on July 8, Apple today posted the update to the App Store. Now available free of charge for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, iTunes U 2.0 finally allows educators to create, edit and manage entire courses, directly on their iPad.

Enhancements for students include new ways to collaborate, with the ability to start class discussions and ask questions right within the app. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More


Foundation announces complete E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2014

Following-up on Apple’s announcement of the forthcoming iTunes U 2.0 update with new creation tools and discussion feature on iPads, Foundation – a non-profit behind E.O. Wilson’s “Life on Earth” – today announced launch of the complete series on iTunes U and the iBooks Store.

Provided free of charge, the first seven chapters in the 41-chapter series released today as interactive iBooks textbooks, with the remaining materials to be rolled out throughout 2014. In addition, the series is accompanied by an iTunes U course that gives learners access to course materials included in the Biology course… Read More


Apple announces iTunes U 2.0 with new creation tools and discussion feature on iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2014

Apple on Monday announced a major new version of its iTunes U educational app with a number of new creation and discussion features for iPad. The new iTunes U 2.0 app, due July 8, will enable teachers to create, edit and manage entire courses directly on iPad for the first time, while students will get to take advantage of some interesting new collaboration capabilities, including the ability to start class discussions and ask questions right from their iPad… Read More


Apple’s iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager expand to new markets

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2014

Today is a big day for Apple’s strides in education as the company in a media release announced a significant expansion of its educational content.

iBooks Textbooks are now available in a total of 51 countries around the globe while iTunes U Course Manager is available to customers in 70 countries, Apple said.

Starting today, iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager are rolling out to new countries in Asia, Latin America and Europe, including Russia, Thailand and Malaysia… Read More


Apple’s iBooks and iTunes U apps finally receive iOS 7 makeover

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2013

Apple by now has updated much of its own iPhone and iPad applications that area available on the App Store, with the two major holdouts: iBooks and iTunes U (also pending in the update queue: Find My Friends and Keynote Remote, a Keynote presentation software companion).

Now, Jony Ive’s been feeling your pain so today Apple issued a pair of long-expected updates bringing iBooks and iTunes U in line with the general iOS look and feel.

The revamped iBooks “has been updated with a beautiful new design for iOS 7,” says Apple. The refresh includes a completely revamped iBook Store.

Did they kill the page curl? Read on for the full breakdown… Read More


iTunes U finally adopts pull-to-refresh thing

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2013

Although optimized for the iPhone 5, iTunes U – Apple’s free download from the App Store – is still skeuomorphic, just like Find My iPhone, AirPort Utility and other Apple downloads not included as part of the stock iOS 7 experience. Though today’s iTunes U 1.3.1 update doesn’t get rid of the wooden bookshelf, the new versions does add several noteworthy features. Among them: the popular pull-to-refresh gesture to checks for course updates in the notepad… Read More


Apple announces iTunes U downloads topped 1 billion

By Ed Sutherland on Feb 28, 2013

It could be the largest educational institution which never handed out one diploma. More than one billion downloads of class lectures, quizzes and assignments were downloaded from iTunes U, Apple announced Thursday.

In a press release, the technology firm unveiled class attendance numbers that would make even the best Ivy League schools jealous – if they weren’t already offering part of the service.

More than 250,000 students are enrolled in the service with content from 1,200 colleges, universities and K-12 schools. While Yale, MIT and Stanford are among the U.S. schools involved, a growing majority of schools from outside the U.S. are also taking part, the iPhone maker said… Read More


Stanford’s free iOS developer’s class returns to iTunes U

By Mike Schnier on Jan 24, 2013

Want to get started coding apps for iOS? Stanford University is relaunching their class ‘Coding Together: Developing Apps for iPhone and iPad‘, with new material for iOS 6. We previously reported on the class in 2011. Since enrollment in the class is free on iTunes U and on Piazza, all you really need to participate is enough familiarity programming in C to get you through a couple first-year computer science credits. Over the course of the program, the class will teach students to program in Objective C.

The class is short, running from January 22nd to March 28th. While the class has already started, you can still sign up for enrollment on iTunes U and on Piazza as late as February 1st. You can also peek at the free lectures on iTunes if you are curious… Read More


Apple updates iLife, iWork and other iOS utils

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2012

With today’s release of iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2, Apple has updated its Podcasts app with support for iCloud subscription syncing. Just a few minutes later, updates to Apple’s other apps went live in iTunes, including iLife and iWork apps and utils like Find My Friends, Remote, AirPort Utility and more. With so many third-party apps being updated for iOS 6 support as we speak, you may want to prioritize your downloads. Here’s what’s new in Apple’s own updated apps for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad… Read More


Apple updates iTunes U with note-taking and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 25, 2012

In addition to the long list of other updates we’re seeing today in wake of Mountain Lion’s release, Apple has pushed out a new version of iTunes U. iTunes U, as you may know, is an iPhone/iPad app that gives users free access to college courses and other valuable resources.

Among the program’s new features is a new note-taking option, which allows you to easily take notes while watching or listening to a lecture. Keep reading for a rundown of all the changes… Read More