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iBooks and iTunes U finally updated for iOS 7

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iBooks and iTunes U finally updated for iOS 7
If you really needed proof that iOS 7 was rushed out by Apple, you wouldn't have had to look any farther than the iBooks app or the iTunes U app. Neither of those core Apple apps were updated with the iOS 7 redesign, meaning that if you had jumped into one of those apps, you would have moved from the flat and colorful world of iOS 7 into the skeuomorphic wooden bookshelf inside.

But, almost two months after iOS 7 was released to users, both iBooks and iTunes U have been updated with complete redesigns so they no longer stand out like sore thumbs in the new visual system. Now, both apps have ditched the wooden bookshelves in favor of a grayscale look that mimics the idea of a bookshelf. The content tiles are lined up atop a shaded background with a hard line below each, so it still looks like an organized system. 

The stores for each app drop that mimicry for a plain white background with the content floating on top. Additionally, all of the controls and menus have been redesigned to fit with the iOS 7 UI. Neither app lists any other changes, not even the usually ubiquitous bugfixes and performance enhancements. 

Download: iBooks & iTunes U

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posted on 14 Nov 2013, 18:16

1. Galaxy_StarGaze (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


I always saw that wooden bookshelf on my iPad with iOS 7.0.3 hopefully 7.0.4 should be getting this

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 07:42

8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2649; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Your iOS version doesn't matter, just go into the App Store and update your apps.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 19:26 1

3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Obviously very few IOS users read books.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 21:41

6. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


When people have bad grammer on phonearena, can I report them for "Not English content"?

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 07:41 3

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2649; Member since: 26 May 2011)


First you might want to learn how to spell "grammar"... You know stones in glass houses and all...

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 09:41

9. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


haha... good come back

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 15:08

12. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I believe "oclifa" spelt grammar wrong intentionally, as a part of a joke

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 09:43

10. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


love the update... they did shrink the left/right margins though kinda messes up that "having a actual book in your hand" feel.

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