New digital education platform provides tools for students and teachers.

Apple is branching into the education market with the announcement of a new digital platform including iBooks 2 for iPad featuring interactive textbooks, a new iTunes U app for schools and an iBook creation tool called iBooks Author.

iBooks 2 features dynamic and engaging textbooks with interactive animations, 3D objects, diagrams, videos and photos that come to life when you tap or swipe them. They provide fast navigation, easy highlighting and note-taking, searching, lesson review and study cards. A number of education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will offer titles, with most priced at $14.99 or less.

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