iBooks and iTunes U Updated With iOS 7 Redesigns

Apple has released newly updated versions of the iOS iBooks and iTunes U apps, bringing a clean look and feel to the app and getting rid of the wooden bookshelf look that has been a hallmark of the app since it was released.

Other than the new design, the apps do not appear to have gained any new features.

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What's New in iBooks Version 3.2

iBooks has been updated with a beautiful new design for iOS 7.

What's New in iTunes U Version 1.4

This version of iTunes U has been updated for iOS 7 with an all-new look and feel.

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iBooks and iTunes U are free downloads for the iPhone and iPad. [Direct Links: iBooks, iTunes U]

Top Rated Comments

acidblue Avatar
136 months ago
Again, I think it's ugly.

So, I've been pretty vocal in my career (I write iOS apps) as to how much I don't like the "deference" argument in iOS 7. I mean, look at how ugly that list view is? That list view in the right image (for the posts/assignments) is just awful. It doesn't look clean, or minimal. It seems cluttered and extremely noisy.

Am I the only one who thinks so? So many blue artifacts makes the use of the color pointless. You can select certain blue things. Certain blue things are just more blue indicating they are selected and some things have such a minimal use of blue that the only think you can do is just try tapping on everything with blue to see if anything happens. It's awful. Again, IMHO. :(
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleGuesser Avatar
136 months ago
Kind of miss the book shelves. Is that weird? :p:apple:
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shearwater Avatar
136 months ago
How much design skill is required to produce a white background?...:D
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darkslide29 Avatar
136 months ago
I didn't mind the skeuomorphism as much in iBooks. It was mostly the green felt in other apps. :cool:
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eduardo1971 Avatar
136 months ago
"iBooks has been updated with a beautiful new design for iOS 7".

What an insult to the previous designers.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThunderSkunk Avatar
136 months ago
+1 for removing the goofy 2007-era wooden bookshelves
-1 for blinding white background
-1 for thin light blue text on white background
-1000 for replacing clean, instantly recognizable icons with disjointed text that must be read
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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