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

Take Control of
iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Josh Centers

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.

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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 is a Business Journalist at TextExpander, editor-in-chief of Unprepared, and founder of Apple Buying Advice. He has been featured in USA Today, Macworld, Scientific American, the Washington Post, Boing Boing, the Wirecutter, and other publications, as well as on Comedy Central, HuffPost Live, and Voice of America. Josh lives in Tennessee with his wife and children.

What’s New in Version 1.2

A lot has changed about iOS and iPadOS in a short amount of time. Here’s a brief overview of the major changes this updated book covers:

  • iOS 13.2: Added Deep Fusion machine-learning photo processing and shortcuts for changing resolution and frame rate in the Camera for iPhone 11 models (see “About the Camera iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Camera App”), some new emojis, message announcements for AirPods and Beats headphones, AirPods Pro support, HomeKit Secure Video and routers, and new Siri privacy settings including an option to delete Siri recordings (see “Siri Privacy Settings”).
  • iOS 13.3: Added Screen Time communication limits (see “Control Your Contacts”).
  • iOS 13.4: Introduced new Memoji stickers, iCloud Drive folder sharing (see “Use the Files App”), and improved Mail controls.
  • iPadOS 13.4: Added full support for mice and trackpads (see “Use a Mouse or Trackpad”).
  • iOS 13.5: The so-called “COVID update” because it simplified Face ID unlock for face-mask wearers, added the Exposure Notification API co-developed with Google, added a setting to FaceTime automatic prominence (see “Use FaceTime”), and included automating sharing of your Medical ID on emergency calls (see “Deal with Emergencies”).


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