Apple has approved an application developed by Abilene Christian University that would allow students and staff to read ACU’s student newspaper, the Optimist, on the iPad device just released April 3, reports the Abilene Reporter-News. School officials say ACU is the nation’s first university to create an iPad application for this purpose. The Optimist already has an iPhone app, allowing iPhone and iPod Touch users to view the student newspaper in a three-dimensional digital form. ACU faculty worked with student computer programmers and student newspaper staff to develop the app to coincide with the iPad launch date. ACU ordered about 20 iPads for faculty to research educational applications for the device. The school will have at least 60 iPads on campus for the fall 2010 semester, with eight dedicated to Optimist staff…

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