The appearance of the yet unreleased "iBooks 3.0" as a requirement for certain titles in Apple's iBookstore suggests the company will soon update its ebook client app for iOS, likely in conjunction with the release of iPad mini.
According to a report by The Next Web, there is already at least one title in the French iTunes Store specifying iBooks 3.0.
Under the title's "Requirements," which are generated by Apple and not
potentially a third party developer's typo, iTunes specifies, "This book
requires iBooks 3.0 or later and iOS 4.2 or later. The books can be
displayed with iBooks on an iPad, iPhone (3G or later) or iPod touch
(2nd generation or later)."
An ebook publisher commented on the report, noting that the iTunes
publisher software is indeed listing "iBooks 3.0" as a requirement
The news only bolsters rumors
that the same site floated last week, indicating that Apple plans to
emphasize the new iPad mini as a media-centric device, particularly in
regard to iBooks.
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