iOS 6 could bring iBooks to Apple TV

Ashleigh Allsopp
7 September, 2012
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Developers running the iOS 6 beta on the Apple TV have been getting error messages on the device after they’ve downloaded an eBook from the iBookstore, hinting that Apple could be bringing iBooks to the Apple TV with the new version of its mobile operating system.

Apple Insider first discovered the message, which prompts the user to install iBooks in order to be able to access the content downloaded from the iBookstore on the Apple TV.

As the report points out, iBooks on the Apple TV would be a curious addition to the device, as most people view their television from a distance that could prove impractical for reading books.

However, iBooks on the Apple TV could be aimed at education rather than the home user. For example, teachers could display digital textbooks in the classroom using the device, for a more interactive learning experience for students.

Apple announced iBooks 2 and iBooks Author in January at an education-themed event, which highlighted Apple’s aim to reinvent textbooks and the way students learn.

It’s also possible, of course, that Apple Insider has spotted a glitch in the iOS 6 beta that will not be included in the final release of the software. There is still no iBooks for Mac yet, either.

iOS 6 is expected to be released to the public with the iPhone 5 next week at a special event that Apple issued official invitations for on Tuesday.

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