Apple Discontinuing iBooks Author, To Discontinue iTunes U After 2021

Apple will discontinue iTunes U at the end of 2021, the company revealed in a new support document that was published today, while Apple is also discontinuing iBooks Author and urges you to use Pages instead.

iTunes U will continue to be available to all existing customers through the 2020-2021 educational year. However, Apple encourages educators to try out its next-generation apps for teachers and students, which include Classroom and Schoolwork, plus the Apple School Manager tool:
Apple has been hard at work building the next generation of apps for both teachers and students:
  • Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping teachers guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track.
  • Schoolwork helps teachers save time and maximize each student’s potential by making it easy for teachers to share class materials, get students to a specific activity in an app, collaborate with students, and view student progress.
In addition to Classroom and Schoolwork, Apple also introduced Apple School Manager to enable IT Administrators to easily manage iPads, Macs, Apple TV, Apple IDs, books, and apps, while ensuring data is kept secure and private. Apps such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, iMovie, Clips, and Swift Playgrounds have education-specific features that are used regularly by teachers and students.

With this in mind, Apple will discontinue iTunes U at the end of 2021. iTunes U will continue to be available to all existing customers through the 2020-2021 educational year.
In May 2007, Apple announced the launch of "iTunes U" via the iTunes Store, which delivers university lectures from top U.S. colleges. With iTunes version 12.7 in August 2017, iTunes U collections became a part of the Podcasts app, but a standalone app still available on App Store.

As for iBooks Author, which will no longer be updated, it won’t be available to new users as of July 1, 2020, only if you’ve previously downloaded the app, you can access it from your App Store purchase history.  You can proceed to use iBooks Author on macOS 10.15 and earlier, and books that published to Apple Books from iBooks Author will remain available.

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