New iBooks 1.2.2 for iPhone, iPad


The standard book-reading app developed by Apple for users of its iDevices is now available at version 1.2.2 with improved stability and performance, such as better handling of ‘enhanced’ books that contain video, and more responsiveness when dealing with large tables of contents.

“iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books,” Apple states in the app’s official description.

“iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night.”

“Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages,” says the Mac maker.

Version 1.2.2 is a maintenance update, but a rather important one for avid users of iBooks on iPhone and iPad.

The new release adds a number of important stability and performance improvements, says Apple.

These include addressing issues while playing video included with enhanced books from the iBookstore, resolving a problem where some books open with a different font than expected, and making iBooks more responsive when navigating books with many items in their table of contents.

Requiring iOS 4 as the minimum accepted firmware version and one of Apple’s popular iDevices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad), iBooks 1.2.2 is a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Not all devices are supported though. Only iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), and iPod touch (4th generation) are compatible with iBooks. First-generation iPhones and iPod touch players are not supported.

An Apple ID is required to download content from the iBookstore, but users can just as well upload books to their device via the file sharing feature in iTunes.

The app only opens books published in the ePub electronic book format or documents in the PDF format.

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