Apple has had its iTunes U offering for quite awhile, which has provided professors a digital hub to communicate with students, but it was only a matter of time before an iPad and iPhone app was released to compliment the service. While Apple's Eddy Cue said the new iTunes U app was designed to look a lot like iBooks 2, the app is strictly a portal for accessing all types of educational materials, including a class syllabus, full course notes and videos, as well as iBooks notes.

The gallery below should give you a good idea of the layout and the drastic design changes, but you should also be able to try it out for yourself later today. Even if you aren't a full-time student, there's educational content to peruse; Apple has teamed up with some of the world's top universities (Duke, Harvard, etc.) to offer course materials to the non-full-time students of the world (that includes lecture videos, etc.). Additionally, while iTunes U used to just be available for university students and professors, Apple is now making it accessible to K through 12 teachers and students. The free app will be available today.

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