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Apple Updates iBooks To Match the Look and Feel of iOS 7

by Brandon Russell | November 14, 2013November 14, 2013 7:00 pm PST

The look and feel of Apple’s iBooks app has been updated to match the company’s new iOS 7 style. At last, iOS’s last remaining skeuomorphic piece of software is being scrubbed clean in favor of Jony Ive’s more minimalistic future. Instead of mimicking an actual bookshelf, the update introduces an off-white background meant to organize your iBook collection. The layout is largely the same—there’s just be a fresh coat of paint; there aren’t any big new features, so the experience is still similar to previous versions.

I actually prefer the older iBooks, but reading is reading, and some of the older features, such as animations and page curls, are still intact. Seeing iBooks mainly went under the knife for a UI overhaul, it’s a wonder the update didn’t hit sooner. But now that it’s out, it brings one of Apple’s last remaining apps into the iOS 7 frontier.

You can find the new iBooks in the iTunes App Store now.


Brandon Russell

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