iPadOS 16: full makeover for the Apple Books app
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iPadOS 16: full makeover for the Apple Books app

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Some, however, are already disappointed with a key change that you may have also noticed.

Apple Books, the digital book reader available on iPhone and iPad, has just been updated with the arrival of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 during WWDC . So let’s do a quick overview of the changes in question, supporting images in order to decide whether or not to install these new versions (beta accessible only to developers for the moment).

To begin with, the menu bar has been moved: previously installed at the top of the screen with several shortcuts (chaptering, search, bookmarks and font adjustment), it is now found at the bottom. However, it is automatically hidden and you have to press a new icon on the left to make it appear, with several additional buttons including one to lock the orientation of your device. This is also where a reading progress indicator has been added.

It is not possible to hide the icon to access this menu; so exit the full screen (“distraction-free” mode) that you might be used to.

Farewell to a flagship animation

With this, Apple has also chosen to completely revisit the animation that is triggered when changing a page in a book (slid the finger to the left). In the past , the focus was on skeuomorphism , but these design guidelines were left aside by the editor several years ago.

It is therefore logical that you will no longer be entitled to what is akin to a real page that turns, but to a simpler transition to Keynote. Lovers of minimalism will appreciate, but relatively many users already regret this choice.

 

Other services updated at the same time

Apple Books isn’t the only platform to get an upgrade at the Worldwide Developer Conference. Cupertino has indeed also unveiled some surprises for its Fitness application, dedicated to sport .

iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 will be available in final version (and therefore theoretically bug-free) this fall . All iPhone 13 and all iPhone 12 are compatible. For iPads, the list of eligible tablets can be accessed right here .

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