Learn how to make the most of Apple’s mobile operating systems!

Take Control of
iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Josh Centers
Jeff Carlson

Whether you use an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you’ll find lots to explore in Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers. Learn about what’s new in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13—and how to customize them to fit your needs.

All Take Control books are delivered in three ebook formats—PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle)—and can be read on nearly any device.

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The latest annual update to iOS features the usual selection of new features, improved user interface, and security enhancements. It also marks the split of Apple’s mobile operating system into iOS (for iPhone and iPod touch) and iPadOS (for iPad only). This is more than just a name change; with iPadOS 13, the iPad gets huge improvements that bring it much closer to the computing power and flexibility we expect from conventional computers. TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers is back to guide you through all the major capabilities of both operating systems in this new book.

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Take Control of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 goes far beyond the new features, providing an extensive guide to getting the most out of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Among other things, you’ll learn how to:

  • New! Discover all the major changes in iOS and iPadOS
  • New! Use activity views (which replace Share sheets and are for more than just sharing)
  • New! Enable Dark Mode on your mobile device
  • Updated! Use the new Find My app
  • New! Make the most of improved text editing tools
  • Updated! Use Siri and Shortcuts to do even more than before, thanks to significantly expanded capabilities
  • New! Use accessibility improvements, including voice control and mouse support
  • Updated! Discover the new (and existing) capabilities of Apple’s upgraded apps—including Files, Mail, Maps, Messages, Notes, and Reminders
  • Updated! Use Screen Time to make better choices about when and how you use your device
  • New! Work with the updated iPad Home screen, Dock, and onscreen keyboard
  • New! Learn about the new iPad multitasking capabilities, including more ways to split the screen, use multiple windows, and drag & drop between apps
  • New! Browse the web with ease using the desktop-class Safari for iPadOS
  • New! Use the significantly updated Camera and Photos apps to take photos and videos, apply camera effects, and organize your media
  • Make sense of the Lock screen, Home screen, and Control Center—and customize them to meet your needs
  • Search with Spotlight
  • Switch between apps and use Handoff to transfer your work
  • Navigate the App Store
  • Understand the ins and outs of Family Sharing
  • Manage your data—both locally on your device and in the cloud
  • Make calls and use FaceTime and Voicemail
  • Organize your Wallet and use Apple Pay
  • Protect your privacy
  • Improve your battery life
  • …and much more!

Anyone with a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will benefit from Josh’s in-depth explanations.

Josh Centers

About Josh Centers

Josh Centers is the managing editor of TidBITS and a freelance writer who has written for Macworld, the Magazine, Boing Boing, and the Sweethome. He has been featured on Daring Fireball, the Loop, TUAW, and Scientific American, and is a frequent guest on MacVoices. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, Hannah, and their two children.

Apple did something unusual this year: they released a beta of iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 before shipping version 13.0 to the general public. Here are the noteworthy changes in iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1:

  • Apple has implemented personal automations in the Shortcuts app, which let you perform actions automatically on your devices. This feature was available in earlier betas of iOS 13.0 and iPadOS 13.0 but removed in later ones. See “Use Personal Automations” to learn how to use them.
  • You can now share your estimated time of arrival from the Maps app. See “Share Your ETA.”
  • HomeKit automations can now include Siri Shortcuts.
  • On enterprise devices, company data and employee personal data is now better separated.
  • Version 1.0 of this book erroneously reported that iCloud Drive allows folder sharing. Apple announced this feature and even included it in earlier betas, but after numerous iCloud Drive data issues, it appears that Apple has given up on it for now.
  • The new volume display now also shows an icon for connected Apple audio devices, like AirPods, HomePods, and some Beats devices.
  • There are new camera features in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. See “iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.”


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