Why isn't iBooks built in????

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Maaz, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. Maaz macrumors 6502a

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    Just wondering? How is a huge app/store such as iBooks not built in the iPad? It's like not having the app store or iTunes store built in.
     
  2. CrAkD macrumors 68040

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    so they can update the ibooks app without having to wait for a new os update.
     
  3. glowrider macrumors regular

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    Don't complain - it may be the saving grace for getting Kindle or B&N apps on the iPad, plus it is easier to update that way...

    (And that's probably a big reason why it isn't built in...disallowing those apps would be a big headache for Apple, imho, and a pita to upgrade if necessary)
     
  4. greg555 macrumors 6502a

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    My guess is that some countries won't have the book store ready at launch time. So this way they only let people in countries with the iBook store download it.

    Greg
     
  5. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    1) Release date for it in other countries is not the same time. IE the iBookstore isn't ready in other countries.

    2) I would rather have almost no built in's. Why waste space if you're not going to use them?
     
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    too many bugs and international. i bet 4.0 will have it built in.
     
  8. Maaz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good points guys.
    Not being released at the same time in other countries is one.
    And I didn't realize that to update a built in app you need a firmware update. I hope we see many good updates for this app.
     
  9. monksealpup macrumors regular

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    It also avoids potential anti-competitive practices. Remember people bitching about how IE was built into Windows instead of providing an option?
     
  10. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    Can't they just issue a single app update like for OSX?
     
  11. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    They really should add it by default to the North American model at least. I bet more than a few people will be confused by the lack of iBooks when the iPad is labelled as an eReader among other titles.
     
  12. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

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    Then people would complain about not being able to delete the app from the iPad. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    I love the ingenuity of Apple on this one. So many reasons to not include it natively, and the fact I like most is that it won't require a system firmware update to update the application; meaning we will see many improvements to the app on a consistent basis.
     
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  15. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

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    I was thinking anti-trust in maybe in other countries.
     
  16. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    I'm suspecting it's because it wont be available to all countries at launch. I'm also suspecting that there will be some places where it will never be available.
     
  17. duky macrumors 6502

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    Agree with this for the reason it's not built-in. Allows B&N and Kindle to put their apps on there without having to stick to the "duplicating functionality" story
     

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