Apple Flattens iBooks for iOS, Leaves Page Animations (Screenshots)

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Apple has finally updated iBooks for iOS, flattening the app and ripping out almost all of the skeuomorphic design elements. Gone are the wooden shelves and the book pages that look like the pages of a book, but Apple did leave in the main skeuomorphic element I was hoping to keep—page curl animations.

That means when you turn the page, it still looks like you're lifting a piece of paper and curling it back. In addition, the print from the other side of the page is still visible through the paper (backwards) as you turn it over.

The new release is version 3.2. Officially, the patch notes for the update say simply, "iBooks has been updated with a beautiful new design for iOS 7."

In practice, this means that iBooks for iOS now looks almost exactly like iBooks for Mavericks, with the exception of the above-mentioned page-curl animations. Flat book shelves, flat book pages, a flat iBookstore, and even highlighter markings that no longer have the rough edges of a skeuomorphic pen.

iBooks also has an updated icon, as shown above.

Some screenshots:

iBooks Screenshot

Flat iBookstore

iBooks 3.2

Flat Library

iBooks 3.2

Flat Page

iBooks 3.2

Yet It Curls

iBooks 3.2

Flat Notes

iBooks 3.2

Flat Highlighting In-Page

Comments

Partsmutt

They succeeded in making iBooks as boring (and just plain ugly) as the rest of iOS7.

Just how did Ive get to be a designer? The world wants Mona Lisas and he’s giving us stick figures.

Lee Dronick

  They succeeded in making iBooks as boring (and just plain ugly) as the rest of iOS7.

Just how did Ive get to be a designer? The world wants Mona Lisas and he’s giving us stick figures.

Perhaps he caved into the aesthetically challenged, but vocal, left brainers. 

 

geoduck

When form overrules function you get poor performance AND poor design. Design has to be constrained by function or it doesn’t work. Would you want furniture designed by Picasso or Dali? The is a classic example of design form over function.

Blech!

Lee Dronick

Yet we still have a compass hunting north when Find IPhone starts up.

webjprgm

The bookshelves were always a little much, so I won’t miss them. But I did like the pages seeming like actual pages. I want to feel that a book is a book.  In this case it’s the emotional attachment to the physical item that I’m still used to. It’s not about looking like a physical object to help me know how to use it.

I also like seeing my collection of books on my physical bookshelf. Especially showing the row of books from my favorite fiction authors.  Programming books are alright too, but I’ve got enough colorful ones of those (and mostly outdated) so I’m OK with future ones being digital.

Lee Dronick

  Programming books are alright too, but I’ve got enough colorful ones of
those (and mostly outdated) so I’m OK with future ones being digital.

I have been cleaning out the garage and on Tuesday I put a bunch of Hypercard manuals into paper recycling. Other antiques too, BeagleWorks manuals, file folders full of notes, a box for an external 3.5 drive.  More cleaning out tomorrow and this weekend. An Apple II mouse and AppleTalk connectors going to electronic recycling.

 

adamC

Design is subjective and not objective

It is ok to whine because words are cheap.

Try to be a designer and eat your own dog food.

iJack

For Pete’s sake, Lee. You’ve made you views on iOS 7 very clear, many, many times.
Give it a rest, will ya?

Lee Dronick

I will not!

geoduck

iOS7 automatically updated it. The library is annoying but I can live with it. Fortunately the books themselves still look much the same. If they’d made the books flat then I would have really been annoyed.

Lee Dronick

As Geoduck said, the books look the same, and I will eventually get used to the interface.

There are some things about iOS 7 that I like a lot and some that I don’t,  that is the real world.

dhp

I’m glad they haven’t messed with Find My Friends. It still looks like the classic, stitched-leather internet friend-mappers of my grandfather’s day.

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