At Apple’s education event today, the company revealed a number of compelling stats regarding iPad use in the education and learning space. Apple’s SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller announced that there are currently 20,000 education and learning applications that have been built for the iPad.
He added that 1.5 million iPads are currently in use in educational institutions and schools. Obviously, Apple is looking to increase this number, which is why the company is partnering with publishing houses and innovating on iBooks to offer more a more student-focused and education-friendly experience.
With today’s launch of iBooks 2, Apple is looking to reinvent the textbook. “Education is deep in our DNA, and it has been since the very beginning,” said Schiller at today’s event.
Apple also revealed today that 1,000 university and colleges around the world are using iTunes U, which is home to free lectures, videos, books, and podcasts from learning institutions. Currently there are
over 500,000 pieces of audio and video material, which Apple says is the largest catalog of free educational content. And iTunes U has seen over 700 million downloads.