Just two days before Apple’s education focused event in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple’s vice president of the iWork suite of productivity applications is heading up the development of Apple’s entry into the textbook market. Rosner, an Apple veteran, oversees the development of the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers Mac applications, and most recently, has been heading up the iOS variants of the three Apple productivity applications.

Rosner works under Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, perhaps predicting Rosner’s continued work in the cloud space. In June, Rosner gave Apple cofounder Steve Jobs a hand on stage by demoing Apple’s iCloud Documents in the Cloud storage feature. The feature, unlike a simple “hard disk in the sky” is integrated into iWork for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and keeps iWork files in sync. For example, if a person changes something on their iPhone, the changes will automatically and quickly sync to the user’s other devices…

While Apple’s education-related announcements are mostly shrouded in secrecy, the topics have long been rumored to be digital textbooks. Though some reports are claiming that Apple plans a textbook distribution service, the WSJ’s report mirrors Ars Technica’s report from last night by claiming the announcements will center on textbook creation tools. These tools are said to allow schools to create content for students in a digital manner.

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