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Apple releases OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 5 with iBooks

Apple's latest developer preview for OS X 10.9 Mavericks includes the first release of the iBooks app, designed to work with your Mac, iPhone and iPad via iCloud

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Apple has released the latest developer preview of OS X Mavericks, bringing with it the new iBooks app.

OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 5, comes just two weeks after the fourth developer preview and sees Apple introduce the iBooks app it announced back at its WWDC event in June.

According to Mac Rumors, the preview also includes a new beta build of iPhoto (9.4.6). Given its version number, we can’t imagine this being a huge update to the photo editing and organisation app, but we’ll post any major findings up here as soon as we’ve taken a close look.

Aside from the obvious omissions (we’re looking at you, skeuomorphic bookshelves), the app appears to function exactly the same as its iOS equivalent. On first launch, iBooks content currently stored in iTunes is migrated over and you’re left to sign in with your iCloud credentials to get your library to sync up between your Mac and iOS devices. The app features its own dedicated store and sorts your library into books and PDFs collections.

OS X Mavericks is expected to be released later in the year, with Apple touting a fall release date and with the new developer preview now featuring the only major app that was originally missing. Based on its June announcement, this appears to put the Cupertino company on track.

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