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Apple iPad: Happy 2nd Birthday

Apple changed the way we think about computing and digital devices--again--when it introduced the iPad tablet in early 2010. Take a look back and a peek ahead.
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On January 19, 2012, Apple introduced iBooks 2, an updated version of its ebook reading app that supports proprietary extensions to the ePub format used by ebooks, and iBooks Author, a program for creating electronic textbooks in the iBook format. Apple hopes to revolutionize the textbook industry by encouraging publishers to use its format to create electronic textbooks for the iPad. Not everyone is thrilled with Apple's contractual exclusivity requirement, but such objections could melt away if Apple can build a market for iBook textbooks and if competitors keep coming up with inadequate alternatives.

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