Keep up with all the changes in iOS and iPadOS!

Take Control of
iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

Josh Centers

Your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad gain all new features and interface changes with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. In Take Control of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers, you’ll learn what’s new, what’s coming soon, and how to get more out of your Apple mobile devices with these operating systems.

All Take Control books are delivered in two ebook formats—PDF and EPUB—and can be read on nearly any device.


iOS powers the iPhone and iPod touch, while iPads run the (very similar) iPadOS operating system. Apple updates both iOS and iPadOS each year with new features, interface changes, and other improvements. In 2021 we’re up to version 15, which brings both system-wide enhancements and updates to a number of built-in apps.

Josh Centers has once again written a guide to all the new stuff. This is not intended as a user manual for iPhones and iPads, nor is it a comprehensive guide to everything in iOS/iPadOS. Instead, it’s a shorter, more focused book aimed at helping those who are already used to iOS or iPadOS get up to speed quickly with the changes in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

Among the many topics covered in the book are:

  • A crash course in iOS/iPadOS basics
  • How to use the vastly improved multitasking controls in iPadOS 15
  • Using the new Quick Note and Menu Bar features in iPadOS
  • New FaceTime features, including grid view and links to future calls
  • The Shared with You feature in Messages and other supported apps
  • How to make the most of Safari’s controversial new design
  • Managing notifications with the new Focus feature
  • Using Driving view, filtering, and other updated Maps features
  • How Live Text works, plus other Camera- and Photos-related changes
  • System-wide improvements to accessibility, privacy, and security
  • Smaller changes to other system components and apps, including iCloud+, Siri, Find My, Spotlight, Reminders, 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 1.4

Apple included several new features in iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4, which most notably added Universal Control to the iPad—the last of the major promised features for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. See “Features Added Since 15.0.”

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • Basics
    • Touch and Hold
    • What’s New in Version 1.4
    • What Was New in Version 1.3
  • Introduction
    • iOS and iPadOS 15: What Works on Your Device and What Doesn’t
  • iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Quick Start
  • An iOS/iPadOS Crash Course
    • Navigate the Lock Screen
    • Access Control Center
    • Manage Apps on the Home Screen
    • Manage Apps with App Library
    • Manage Widgets on the Home Screen
    • Switch Apps and Multitask
    • Share from Apps
    • Use Siri
    • Search
  • Features Added Since 15.0
    • Universal Control
    • iPad Volume Button Orientation
    • Add Notes to Saved Passwords
    • Face ID Unlock with Mask or Glasses
    • Gender-Neutral Siri Voice
    • App Privacy Report
    • Digital Legacy
    • Hide My Email in Mail
    • Customize or Disable Quick Note on iPad
    • Communication Safety
    • Parts and Service History
    • Apple Music Voice
    • SharePlay
    • Vaccine Passports in Wallet
    • New Sensor Triggers in HomeKit Automations
  • Learn What’s New in iPadOS 15
    • Take Advantage of Widgets and App Library in iPadOS 15
    • Multitask in iPadOS 15
    • Take a Quick Note
    • Meet the iPadOS Menu Bar
  • Share with FaceTime
    • Switch to Grid View in Group Calls
    • Send Links to FaceTime Conversations
  • Share with Messages
    • Finding What’s Shared with You
    • View Photo Collections in Messages
    • Pin Shared Content in Messages
  • Relearn Safari
    • Navigate the New Safari Interface
    • Customize the Safari Start Page
    • Organize Your Browsing with Tab Groups
    • Install Safari Extensions
  • Control Your Notifications
    • Receive Notification Summaries
    • Regain Your Focus
    • Trigger Focuses
  • Find More with Maps
    • View the New Driving Map
    • View the Interactive Globe
    • Filter Maps Search Results
    • Change Leave and Arrive Times
  • See What’s New in Camera and Photos
    • Take Advantage of Live Text
    • View and Edit EXIF Data
    • Use Visual Lookup
    • Play with the New Memories
  • Discover New Accessibility Features
    • Control Text Size Per App
    • Turn On Background Sounds
    • Use Sound with Switch Control
  • Bolster Privacy and Security
    • Hide My (Your) Email
    • Browse with iCloud Private Relay
    • Secure Logins with the Built-in Authenticator
  • Discover Other New iOS 15 & iPadOS 15 Features
    • iPhone 13 Features
    • iCloud+
    • Account Recovery
    • Siri: Share Onscreen Items and Use On-Device Processing
    • Drag and Drop on iPhone
    • What’s New in Find My
    • Weather Redesigned
    • Translate Improvements
    • New Widgets
    • Spotlight: Lock Screen Access and Install Apps
    • Custom Domain Names in iCloud Mail
    • Reordering Home Screen Pages
    • Apple Pay Improvements
    • Books: Improved Search
    • Setup: Temporary Storage and Improved Android Import
    • HomeKit: Keys, Third-Party Siri, Packages
    • 5G: Enhanced Connectivity and Wi-Fi Supplement
    • Screen Time: Downtime on Demand
    • Wallet: ID Cards, Keys, Archived Passes
    • Health: Data Sharing, Trends, Walking Steadiness
    • Reminders: Tags and Smart Lists
    • Voice Memos: Share, Speed Up, and Slow Down
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print

Josh Centers covers iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on MacVoices

Posted by Joe Kissell on September 4, 2021

Josh Center chatted with host Chuck Joiner on MacVoices about his new book Take Control of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

In part one, Josh discusses features that won’t make the initial cut in the new operating systems and also talks about Safari, Siri, iPad multitasking, and Photos.

In part two, Josh and Chuck discuss translation, the upcoming CSAM features, and the public beta process.


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