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Take Control of Your iPad, Second Edition
Learn how to take delight in your iPad use!
This book has been relegated Take Control's Obsolete category because with iOS 7 now available, this book is obsolete. All Apple devices that could run iOS 6 can also run iOS 7, so you should update your device unless you have some extraordinary reason why you would prefer to stick with iOS 6.
Tonya walks you through the entire iPad experience:
Understand your iPad: Figure out which iPad you're working on (in case you're helping your neighbor with his iPad and he isn't sure). Learn about the hardware components in each iPad model that make it unique.
Power up and down: Beyond finding out how to operate the power switch, learn about turning your iPad off and on when it doesn't work the way it should and get advice about making the most of its battery life.
Setup, setup, setup: Learn how to answer the questions asked by iOS's Setup Assistant, and get help with important options that the Setup Assistant doesn't cover, including security, Bluetooth, tethering, backups, and notifications. Find detailed directions for syncing in iTunes 11, as well as advice about integrating an iPad with services such as iCloud, Google Contacts and Calendars, and Microsoft Exchange. (This ebook has solid iCloud coverage, but for full details read Take Control of iCloud.) Also, get help with making folders and handling a big Home screen cleanup.
Learn the interface: Read about how to let your fingers do the walking when controlling your iPad, type effectively on the iPad's virtual keyboard, tell your iPad what to do with Siri, and dictate instead of type. Get help with the many ways to adjust, mute, or otherwise block sound from your iPad. Learn how to copy and paste, mirror with AirPlay, print, wrangle the multitasking bar, and more. (Sorry, Siri and voice dictation don't work with the iPad 2.)
Use Apple's apps: Take control of your iPad with 90 pages of setup directions and usage tips for Clock, Notes, Reminders, Contacts, Calendar, Mail, Messages, FaceTime, iBooks, Newsstand, Music, iTunes U, Camera, Photos, Videos, Maps, Find My Friends, and Safari. Phew! (And read why you shouldn't use Apple's Podcasts app for now, plus find out about Find My iPad and iOS's Twitter and Facebook integration.) (Although the ebook focuses on Apple's apps, it does mention areas where independent apps are worth considering.)
There's an app for that! Find real-world advice on locating, purchasing, downloading, configuring, organizing, sharing, and deleting third-party apps.
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About the Author
Tonya Engst co-founded the TidBITS online publication in 1990 with her husband Adam Engst. Tonya is Editor in Chief of the Take Control series, which is published by TidBITS Publishing Inc. She has edited over half of the Take Control titles.
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Read Me First
Read this ebook to stay in control of your iPad in iOS 6. You’ll find many real-world tips that will help you optimize your iPad experience and avoid problems. It was written by Tonya Engst, edited by Michael Cohen, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
This ebook is for you if you’ve just bought an iPad and aren’t sure what to do with it, or if you’ve had an iPad for a while but want to become more expert with its features and possibilities.
I don’t want to waste your time with loads of obscure facts, so I have done considerable legwork to present you with the most important information about using an iPad. I look at the hardware itself, explore core aspects of setting up and customizing an iPad, and discuss several noteworthy apps from Apple. All the while, I point out tips and habits that will make your iPad experience more delightful.
I have repeatedly spoken with people who have become frustrated with their iPads due to missing some key instruction for how to operate it. They can’t find their stuff. They scroll when they could tap. They put up with noisy notifications. They miss important email messages. They turn on the wrong settings for the wrong reasons.
I tell them not to worry, and I’ll say that to you, too. The iPad is a fabulous device, but anything that has batteries and an operating system is bound to be frustrating some of the time. In this ebook, I aim to help you feel more confident and comfortable when using your iPad, and to explain many of the more baffling aspects of iPad use.
I talk about the models of the iPad that operate with Apple’s iOS 6: the iPad 2 and the mini, and the 3rd- and 4th-generation iPads. (If you aren’t sure which iPad you have, skip ahead a few pages to Which iPad Do You Have?)
Because you may wish to connect your iPad to a computer in order to sync it with iTunes, I discuss Macintosh and Windows PC connections in iTunes.
Note: In this ebook, I assume that your iPad is running at least version 6 of Apple’s iOS operating system. If that’s not the case, or if you aren’t sure, please see iOS Updates.
If you follow the advice in this book from start to finish with a new iPad in hand, by the end, your iPad will be fully operational, your Home screen will be customized, you’ll know how to get around, and you’ll be using lots of apps. You’ll also know how to handle an iTunes sync.
You can jump in and start reading anywhere—just tap a link below.
This second edition is about taking control of an iPad that’s running Apple’s iOS 6 operating system. The first edition talked about iPads with iOS 5, and before that this ebook had a different name—Take Control of iPad Basics—that discussed the iPad with iOS 3 and iOS 4.
To talk about iOS 6, I kept the same basic outline, but I rewrote huge swaths of text due to the many changes that Apple has introduced with iOS 6.
You can quickly jump to the most important of the modified topics by clicking a link in the list below:
With version 1.1, which I wrote in March 2012 in response to Apple’s introduction of the third-generation iPad and iOS 5.1, the structure of the ebook remains the same, but I’ve made quite a number of changes, both large and small. The more noteworthy changes are these:
This ebook is effectively a new edition of Take Control of iPad Basics, a book that I wrote (and updated thrice!) during the lifespan of iOS 3 and iOS 4.
This ebook is all about iOS 5, the version of the iPad’s operating system that Apple released in October 2011. iOS 5 has nifty changes that are worth learning about—more gestures, the Notification Center, Find My Friends, a split keyboard, and the wireless iTunes sync. Also in this ebook, since many readers will have read the first edition—or already have iOS experience, I focus less on the basics to make room for more advanced topics.
Good question! This ebook is nearly entirely about the iPad. Quite a lot of it applies to the iPhone and iPod touch, but Tonya didn't try to check all the details in the ebook to see if they are the same on those smaller devices, or include screenshots from those devices.
There are lots of great ways to read our ebooks on these devices. For more details, please read our latest Device Advice.
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September 18, 2013 -- Alas, I do not plan to update this book to create a new edition for iOS 7. Take Control will offer a few more narrowly focused titles about certain aspects of iOS 7, but I'm taking a break from this broad, one-size-fits-all treatment of iOS. If you're already familiar with iOS, you can get up to speed with my TidBITS article about the first things you should do and learn immediately after installing iOS 7, iOS 7 Pre-flight Checklist.
April 9, 2013 --
Former versions of this ebook linked to an article by comic-enthusiast Jason Snell at Macworld. Jason's article was a great guide to getting started (and going beyond) with enjoying comics on the iPad. When I created this second edition of Take Control of Your iPad, however, Jason's article had aged so much that you could almost see the mildew eating away at it. I wrote Jason a note, asking him to consider refreshing it. And, I replaced that old link with a new link to an article at Ars Technica. Jason has now updated his article— see The iPad as a comic-book reader—and it's a gem!
April 2, 2013 --
Watch or hear Tonya and Chuck Joiner talk about the second edition of Take Control of Your iPad: Tonya’s goal in writing it, what it covers, and some of the exciting, interesting, and, yes, annoying things Tonya learned on the way. The interview is available in audio form at MacNotables and MacVoices, and in video form at MacVoicesTV.
—Michael E. Cohen
May 2, 2012 --
Take Control reader Genevieve S. wrote in with an interesting question a few days ago:
Genevieve: Do you know any third-party app that can filter mail on iPad and iPhone—i.e., apply rules?
Tonya’s reply: I don’t know of any apps that can filter mail locally on the iPad, but I’ve cc’d Adam and Joe here to see if either of them has a suggestion. Personally, I use my gmail account on the iPad, and Google handles the filtering on the server.
Joe’s reply: There is an app called ibisMail, which comes in both iPad and iPhone versions, that does filtering on the device. However, I do what Tonya does—let a server-based filter do all the work before messages appear on any of my devices.
Genevieve: Thank you for responding. I use the Gmail filter too, but the AT&T/Yahoo filter is lousy. This is not a problem when receiving mail on the Mac—the rules in Mail handle the leakage—but if I read the mail on the iPhone, a local filter would help.
Adam jumps in: You could forward the other account to Gmail to get the benefit of its filter. Lots of people do that.
Genevieve: Great idea!!
In the third edition of Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Joe touches on email forwarding in “Decide Which Account(s) to Use,” and he references a Macworld article that he wrote—Streamline e-mail with Gmail. The Macworld article discusses how to forward a non-Gmail email account through Gmail.
—Michael E. Cohen
April 12, 2012 --
The Take Control Series' favorite editor-in-chief, Tonya Engst, and interviewer Chuck Joiner talk about the latest iPad along with its predecessors and how Tonya covers their similarities and differences in her latest version of Take Control of Your iPad. Hear it on MacNotables or watch it on MacVoicesTV.
—Michael E. Cohen
December 21, 2011 --
Taking time off from producing and editing other Take Control books, Tonya Engst went on an instant virtual world-wide book tour (from her own desk) to discuss her own iOS-5-covering edition of Take Control of Your iPad. You can hear the interview at MacNotables, or see it at MacVoicesTV.
—Michael E. Cohen
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