By now, you have probably heard about Apple’s hearing concerning price fixing in it’s iBooks’ iBookstore. The hearing has recently centered around the testimony of Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, and Cue has revealed some information about the late Steve Jobs and his important role in the features of iBooks as well as some of the particulars of the keynote when iBooks was announced.
For example, Cue claims that the page curls that occur when users change pages, was the idea of Jobs, who was known to be obsessed with little details. In addition, Jobs was very specific about the iBookstore, and which book would be the free download for every iBooks user. This is important because it shows that not only was Jobs important with product launches, but he also had a hand in designing the products as well. This was not the only Jobs influence in iBooks.
It was Jobs’s idea to pick ““Winnie-the-Pooh” as the freebie book that came with every iBook app. Not just because Jobs liked the book, Cue said, but because it showed off iBook’s capabilities: “It had beautiful color drawings, that had never been seen before in a digital book.”
AllThingsD also points out that in the initial announcement of iBooks with the first iPad, Jobs specifically chose to use “True Compass”, the memoir of Ted Kennedy, because the family was very important to Jobs. It is yet to be seen how the app will be affected with the new iOS 7’s facelift, but it is likely that Jobs’s page curls will remain when the app is updated.