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iOS 8.4 beta: Audiobooks finally have a good home

by Todd Haselton | April 14, 2015April 14, 2015 8:40 am PST

Apple released the first beta of iOS 8.4 last night, and the main highlight of the release seems to be Apple’s redesigned music application. There’s something else noteworthy, however: Apple finally moved audiobooks to the app that makes the most sense for end users.

Previously, audiobooks were stored inside of the Music application. That’s kind of a weird place to store them and, as 9to5Mac notes, Apple moved audiobooks into the iBooks application in iOS 8.4 beta 1. That’s where most folks are probably looking for books — whether digital or audio.

9to5Mac also points to some UI tweaks, like a chapter list that lets you jump to various parts of the book, a sleep timer so you can conk out while listening to the latest James Patterson book, speed controls and more.

iOS 8.4 isn’t ready for consumers yet, which is why it’s only now entering beta, but this is a change we can expect to see when Apple releases it to the public sometime later this year.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...