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Apple To Update iBooks With Notes & PDF Support

by on June 7th, 2010

This morning at Apple’s annual WWDC event, CEO Steve Jobs indicated that the iPad, and specifically the iBooks app, would be receiving a minor update by the end of June 2010.

The minor June update will deliver iBook enhancements that allow users to post Notes in their books and also allow the syncing of PDF documents. At this time, the only way to mark anything in the iBooks app is by using the Bookmark feature. In terms of PDF documents, users must convert their PDF’s to .EPUB in order to view them in iBooks.

The Notes update essentially allows users to type notes about what they were currently reading, which can also include reminders. The notes are saved on the same bookmark menu that you can use now to access and view your current iBooks bookmarks. Just like how bookmarks are symbolized with a red ribbon, notes will be a small yellow page.

The new PDF feature will allow users to drop PDF documents directly into their iTunes “Books” area. In other words, users will be able to sync PDF documents without having to convert the file first. Once in iBooks, the iBook bookshelf has been slightly redesigned with new “Books” and “PDFs” buttons to view just books or just PDF documents.

On a side note, the iPad is currently in 10 countries and will be in 19 by the end of July 2010. There are currently 8,500 navtive iPad apps in the App Store, aside from the 100,000+ iPhone apps that can also run on iPad.

[Imagines courtesy of Engadget]

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