Following a report from earlier today that Apple is planning a media-related late-January event, TechCrunch reports that they have also heard about a late January event, and adds a few new details to the story.
According to TechCrunch, Apple’s January event will not feature or discuss any new Apple hardware at all, but instead the event, which is “not major,” will discuss iBooks and publishing:
According to the source the event will not involve any hardware and instead will focus on publishing and eBooks (sold through Apple’s iBooks platform) rather than iAds. Attendance also be more publishing industry-oriented than consumer.
The event will unveil improvements to the iBooks platform according to the same source, and is not “major.”
Isaacson’s Steve Jobs revealed that Jobs longed to reinvent the textbook, suggesting that Apple may be continuing to push their efforts towards the education industry. And considering that the event will likely involve Eddy Cue, who is over Apple’s iBooks business, the stage would be set perfectly for just such an announcement.
Other possibilities might be that Apple is preparing a version of iBooks for the Mac, which might include more advanced features suitable for digital textbooks, encyclopedias, and more.