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Apple’s much awaited tablet device aims to reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television in the same way that the iPod revolutionised the music industry.

“With the new tablet device that is debuting next week, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is betting he can reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television much the way his iPod revamped the music industry—and expand Apple’s influence and revenue as a content middleman. In developing the device, Apple focused on the role the gadget could play in homes and in classrooms, say people familiar with the situation. The company envisions that the tablet can be shared by multiple family members to read news and check email in homes, these people say. For classrooms, Apple has been exploring electronic-textbook technology, these people add. The people familiar with the matter say Apple has also been looking at how content from newspapers and magazines can be presented differently on the tablet. Other people briefed on the device say the tablet will come with a virtual keyboard.”

Apple is reportedly in discussions with the school text book publisher McGraw-Hill to put its books on the forthcoming Apple tablet computer expected to have e-reader capabilities.

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