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.

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

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81 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. :(
Rating: 26 Votes
81 months ago
Kind of miss the book shelves. Is that weird? :p:apple:
Rating: 26 Votes
81 months ago
How much design skill is required to produce a white background?...:D
Rating: 19 Votes
81 months ago
I didn't mind the skeuomorphism as much in iBooks. It was mostly the green felt in other apps. :cool:
Rating: 19 Votes
81 months ago
"iBooks has been updated with a beautiful new design for iOS 7".

What an insult to the previous designers.
Rating: 17 Votes
81 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
Rating: 15 Votes
81 months ago
This is disgusting.
Rating: 14 Votes
81 months ago
Animated page turn lives on. Guess Ive isn't Dr Evil after all. :D
Rating: 13 Votes
81 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks so?

No, you are not. iOS 7, strictly speaking from the standpoint of proper user interface design, is a complete embarrassment. It's like Apple put a hardware guy in charge of software without any real previous experience in software. Or maybe put print ad marketers in charge, who focus purely on aesthetic and not digital interaction. Oh wait, I'm pretty sure they did precisely both of those.

I literally cringe every time I see an app get updated for iOS 7. My iOS devices are quickly become sterile, bland, and cluttered-looking.

I doubt I'll ever buy another iBook again. I cannot immerse myself in the reading experience using Windows 95 Notepad for hours on end. I no longer find any pleasure in staring at my bookshelf reminiscing. Because it's ***** ugly now.
Rating: 12 Votes
81 months ago

Love the bookshelves, glad to see it didn't get changed in iOS7 at first.

Hate how apple just changes **** without giving us any options.

Just turned off my app update auto download to avoid this change as long as possible.
Rating: 12 Votes

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