Apple's Shortcuts app brings advanced automation capabilities to iOS and iPadOS. Much like Automator on the Mac, Shortcuts lets you take a building-block approach to creating time-saving automations, but it also includes advanced features that let you create elaborate custom capabilities. In Take Control of Shortcuts, automation expert Rosemary Orchard tells you everything you need to know to turn your iPhone or iPad into an automation powerhouse.
iTunes disappeared with macOS 10.15 Catalina, but nearly all its capabilities (plus some new ones) are available in Apple's Music, TV, Podcasts, and Books apps (with device syncing handled by the Finder). In Take Control of macOS Media Apps, veteran author Kirk McElhearn (who wrote three previous Take Control titles about iTunes) explains in detail how to manage, sort, find, play, import, export, sync, and share your audio and video media using Catalina's built-in apps.
Since 2003, Joe Kissell has helped users upgrade their Macs to the latest operating systems with his Take Control of Upgrading to… books. We're delighted to present the thirteenth such book, Take Control of Upgrading to Catalina!, which walks you through every step of the upgrade process, helps you make smart decisions and protect your data, and helps acquaint you with the surprises (welcome or otherwise) that await you.
macOS 10.15 Catalina is the latest and greatest operating system for Macs. It makes lots of important changes, but not all of them are easy to find or understand. Scholle McFarland is here to help with Take Control of Catalina. This book not only walks you through all the interesting new features, but also helps you customize your Mac, solve problems, and learn how to do a wide variety of common tasks. Written for everyone from beginner to expert.
The latest operating system for the iPhone and iPod touch, iOS 13, is joined this year by a variant just for iPads—iPadOS 13. Both operating systems share much in common and add lots of powerful new features to your mobile devices. But iPadOS goes several steps further, making your iPad more like a desktop computer (in a good way) than it's ever been before. Josh Centers gives you all the details about these software updates in Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.
In Take Control of Siri, Scholle McFarland helps you get deeply acquainted with Apple's voice-powered digital assistant on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or HomePod. Astound your friends, confound your enemies, and get more work done with less effort. You'll be amazed at how much more useful Siri can be to you after reading this comprehensive book.
Everyone who uses Apple devices has at least one Apple ID. Understanding how and when it's used, and what to do when something goes wrong, can save you time and eliminate pain. Glenn Fleishman spells out everything you need to know about your Apple ID(s) and exactly what to do if you encounter problems with it in Take Control of Your Apple ID.