Apple is going to overhaul their iBooks app and they have been making a series of subtle changes with a slew of developer only builds over the course of the past month. Originally named iBooks, and then just ‘Books’ in 11.3, the company is now reverting that back to ‘iBooks’ in the latest iOS 11.3 beta. It is now believed that Apple will redesign the iBooks app with iOS 13 this fall, around the same time their three new phones will be released.
The removal of the “i” prefix also mirrors the way Apple shifted the naming scheme of its notebook line from iBook to MacBook, though it still prevalent across the entire iOS device line as well as in the name of the iMac. The Apple Watch, which effectively follows the modernized non-“iProduct” naming convention, carried the unofficial monicker of “iWatch” in rumors and reports ahead of its unveiling.
It is possible that Apple will wait until the Worldwide Developers Conference in June to show off the new design and then release it this September.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.