iBooks 3.0 Leaks Hints at iPad Mini’s E-Book Focus
Apple’s been long rumored to focus its much anticipated 7.85-inch iPad Mini on the e-book segment to grow its tablet market share and compete with lower cost Android slates, like Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. Now, a listing for an iBooks title comes with requirements specifications from Apple inside the company’s iTunes France Store specifying that the iBooks 3.0 apps is needed to read the book.
Though developers can set requirements for their apps or titles, it appears that the requirement listing specifying iBooks 3.0 was generated by Apple and not by the iBooks title’s author, publisher, or developer.
According to The Next Web, the requirement reads, “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).”
It’s unclear what Apple’s plans for the updated iBooks app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and iPad Mini will be, but at least for the October 23 media event, it appears that Apple may be set to formally–finally–debut the iPad Mini hardware and the iBooks 3.0 app.