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The appearance of the yet unreleased “iBooks 3.0″ as a requirement for certain titles in Apple’s iBookstore suggests the company will soon update its ebook client app for iOS, likely in conjunction with the release of iPad mini.

According to a report by The Next Web, there is already at least one title in the French iTunes Store specifying iBooks 3.0.

Under the title’s “Requirements,” which are generated by Apple and not potentially a third party developer’s typo, iTunes specifies, “This book requires iBooks 3.0 or later and iOS 4.2 or later. The books can be displayed with iBooks on an iPad, iPhone (3G or later) or iPod touch (2nd generation or later).”

An e-book publisher commented on the report, noting that the iTunes publisher software is indeed listing “iBooks 3.0″ as a requirement option. The news only bolsters rumors that the same site floated last week, indicating that Apple plans to emphasize the new iPad mini as a media-centric device, particularly in regard to iBooks.

[Also worth reading: ‘iPad mini’ build cost estimated to start at $200, may retail for $299]

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Source: Apple Insider

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