Apple’s new iOS 12 firmware release is around the corner, expected to arrive later this year, will see an overhauled iBooks app gain a new “Today” tab which will promote books and authors as well as other related content on a seemingly daily basis.
That’s news comes from via a Mac Otakara report which also claims that Apple is in the process of trying to headhunt employees from publications in order to build its own editorial team for the new revamped iBooks app feature, that would curate the content to appear in the Today tab of iBooks.
Apple has posted a series of iBooks editor job listings on LinkedIn in recent months, also adding further credence to the belief that a new editorial feature is on the way.
Although the rumor over the past makes sense given Apple plans to redesign the iBooks app with a similar layout as the App Store on iOS 11, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Also claimed that the iBooks app will receive a refresh in iOS 12 as part of the update. The App Store itself already makes use of a Today section which highlights apps and games as well as any important promotions that are ongoing, and a layout similar to this would suit the iBooks app.
The newly expected App Store features a Today section of its own that shows up apps, games, developers, sales, and other app-related content on daily basis. Of course, a renaming of the app may also be on the horizon, with Apple having previously changed the name of iBooks app to the simpler “Books” name during the very first iOS 11.3 beta release. This was later rolled out though, and the iBooks moniker remains to this day.
Perhaps we’ll see the simpler Books name return when iOS 12 is released. iBooks currently has five tabs: My Books, Featured, Top Charts, Search and Purchased. Once the app is redesigned, it’s surely reasonable to assume the tabs could become something like Today, Reading, Books, Audio, and Search.
Apple is expected to announce iOS 12 in the next few months, the software update should be previewed and enter beta testing at WWDC 2018 in early June. A release to the public will likely come with new iPhones in or around September.