iBooks 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)iBooks 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Apple by now has updated much of its own iPhone and iPad applications that area available on the App Store, with the two major holdouts: iBooks and iTunes U (also pending in the update queue: Find My Friends and Keynote Remote, a Keynote presentation software companion).

Now, Jony Ive’s been feeling your pain so today Apple issued a pair of long-expected updates bringing iBooks and iTunes U in line with the general iOS look and feel.

The revamped iBooks “has been updated with a beautiful new design for iOS 7,” says Apple. The refresh includes a completely revamped iBook Store.

Did they kill the page curl? Read on for the full breakdown…

Rumors were true: this is the new iBooks app icon.

iBooks 3.2 for iOS (app icon, small)

As the screenies top of post and below clearly show, the bookshelf is gone so this new iBooks now resembles Apple’s bundled Newsstand application, for better or worse.

iBooks 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)iBooks 3.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

And this is the new iPad UI.

iBooks 3.2 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)

iBooks 3.2 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

iBooks 3.2 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

In case you were wondering about that iconic page curl, a feature Steve Jobs himself conceived, Apple fortunately hasn’t pulled it from the new iBooks.

As for iTunes U, there’s a corresponding flattened icon.

iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (app icon, small)

And a few iPhone screenies.

iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

“This version of iTunes U has been updated for iOS 7 with an all-new look and feel,” release notes read. Apart from iOS 7 aesthetics, there don’t seem to be other changes in iTunes U version 1.4.

iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 005)

And here is what it looks like on the iPad.

iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)

iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (iPad screenshot 004)

iTunes U 1.4 for iOS (iPad screenshot 005)

Do you like the new iOS 7-friendly design in iBooks and iTunes U?

I know design is a matter of personal preference – and I’m all for Jony Ive’s minimalist approach that gets rid of all the clutter in favor of white space – but I would very much love to see the new iOS 7 keyboard in these apps.

Also completely iOS 7-ified recently: Remote, AirPort Utility, Trailers, Podcast, Find My Friends, iWork and iLife suites and other Apple apps.

Can you now please replace that faux stitched leather in Find My Friends with something, you know, flat?

Download iBooks free from the App Store.

iTunes U is also available free of charge in the App Store.

  • Σαλαη αββας

    I’m kinda sad , I wanted to get iBooks with the same blur affects in newsstand where you can see some of you wallpaper , I also wanted to be able to swip left and right trough books like in newsstand 🙁

  • chumawumba

    Still waiting for keynote remote…

  • Everyone say it with me, FIND MY FRIENDS! Where’s the iOS 7 update?

  • Mohammed Sahib

    My book shelf is gone :'( and such an ugly icon. Sigh.

    • on3simpleclick

      I agree. Apple’s iOS7 makeovers for it’s apps seem to be getting worse. :/

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  • Ted Forbes

    Apple can give these apps all the makeover they want if they leave major features like voice and sleep, etc out of the apps I will use others and they will not make a penny on the books from me.

  • tskwierc

    Only thing I noticed now was that I had a few books that I had both the pdf and epub version (since pdf cant be highlighted etc in ibooks) in the same folder and now you cant distinguish between the two anymore. The pdf version used to have a binder on the visual representation of the cover. Oh well guess I will separate them out again in folders.

  • David Gitman

    ios 7.0.4 is out

  • klouud

    love it! finally!!

  • on3simpleclick

    Ick. Not a fan of either of those icons. Apples approach to making new iOS7 icons seems to be one of a very lazy & dull approach. Not impressed :/

  • We ought to be able to glide sideways from page to page like in Kindle

  • onebyone_

    good bye skeuo
    welcome ..emmm…minimalist?

  • It’s not very impressive, to be honest, unless you hated the old book shelves, which I didn’t. Plain white with slight gradations. This is design innovation? Can’t wait for them to get the minimalism out of their system. I was looking forward to them rethinking the whole ebook interface, not just give iBooks a plain skin.

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  • Graphic74

    Tho, i did like the real book effect :/

  • Roberto Ciccolella

    Ugly book shelves and real book edge gone….Apple you did it very wrong! 🙁