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Take Control of
iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

Josh Centers

iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 introduce new features and customization options for your iPhone or iPad. Once again, Josh Centers is here to help you learn what’s new in Take Control of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. This book also serves as a general guide to the basics of using iOS and iPadOS, including getting started with common apps such as Siri, Messages, and Camera.

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


Anyone with an iPhone or iPad probably knows that Apple releases major new versions of their operating systems (iOS and iPadOS, respectively) every fall. The version 16 releases in 2022 once again add important new features and provide more ways to tailor your device to your needs.

As he has done for quite a few years, Josh Centers provides in-depth coverage of the features that are new or different. This time, however, in response to reader feedback, Josh has provided more information about the things that haven’t changed, giving you a book that helps you get up to speed with your iPhone or iPad, understand the quirks of the user interface, and become proficient in using the most important built-in apps. Although it is not intended as a comprehensive guide to everything an iPhone or iPad can do, it’s now suitable for beginners and long-time iOS/iPadOS users alike.

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Among the many topics covered in the book are:

  • A complete list of what’s new in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16—in 35 major categories
  • Information on what each of the built-in apps does
  • How to use and customize the Lock screen, Control Center, and Home screen
  • Creating and using Focus modes for enhanced “Do Not Disturb” settings
  • Using Handoff to start tasks on one device and then continue them on another
  • How to search with Spotlight
  • Making the most of Siri for getting information and performing tasks
  • Working with keyboards (built-in and external) for text editing, emojis, and more
  • Sharing almost any content with others in a variety of ways
  • Special iPad-exclusive features (including Stage Manager on iPads with Apple M-series chips)
  • How to communicate using Apple’s Messages app
  • Using the built-in Camera app for photos and videos
  • Configuring your device’s accessibility features, including Live Captions for real-time transcriptions of audio
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 1.3

This version adds new sections to discuss features added in iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2: Freeform, Apple Music Sing, and Advanced Data Protection for iCloud. See “Features Added Since 16.0.”

What Was New in Version 1.2.1

This minor update fixed a few small errors and removed some leftover mentions of “coming soon” features that appeared in iOS 16.1 and/or iPadOS 16.1.

What Was New in Version 1.2

iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 have been released, and this update covered the changes from version 16.0. See “Features Added Since 16.0.”

What Was New in Version 1.1

As always, a few things change between beta and when Apple releases an operating system, and I’ve updated the book accordingly:

  • The iCloud Shared Photo Library was delayed, but I have left the iCloud Shared Photo Library content intact. See “iCloud Shared Photo Library.”
  • Apple has announced the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max with a few new features that I discuss in “What’s New with the iPhone 14.” In short, the iPhone 14 Pro line has some major new changes, while the iPhone 14 is a modest upgrade.

Unlike the past few years, Apple has shipped almost all of the promised features at launch, but we’re still waiting on:

  • The Freeform app, announced at WWDC. It’s a digital whiteboarding app designed around collaboration. Strictly speaking, this is not an iOS 16/iPadOS 16 feature, but a separate app due later.
  • The new iPhone 14 feature Emergency SOS via Satellite will arrive later this year.
  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • What’s New in Version 1.3
    • What’s New in Version 1.2.1
    • What Was New in Version 1.2
  • Introduction
  • iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 Quick Start
  • Device Support
  • What’s New with the iPhone 14
    • Emergency SOS via Satellite
    • Crash Detection
    • Action Mode
    • Dynamic Island
    • Always-On Display
  • Features Added Since 16.0
    • Freeform
    • Apple Music Sing
    • Advanced Data Protection for iCloud
    • Other Features in iOS 16.2 & iPadOS 16.2
    • iCloud Shared Photo Library Available
    • Live Activities Now Live
    • Apple Card Savings
    • Apple Fitness+: No Watch Required
    • Key Sharing in Wallet
    • Clean Energy Charging
    • Apple Books
    • Stage Manager on iPad
    • New Drawing Tools in Notes
    • Matter
  • What’s New in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16
    • iPhone Lock Screen Customization
    • Focus Enhancements
    • iCloud Shared Photo Library
    • Messages
    • iPad
    • Safari
    • Mail
    • Passkeys
    • Weather for iPad
    • Use Your iPhone as a Webcam
    • Accessibility
    • AirPods
    • Battery Percentage
    • Books
    • CarPlay
    • Contacts
    • Dictation
    • FaceTime
    • Family Sharing
    • Fitness
    • Game Controllers
    • Health
    • Home
    • Live Text
    • Keyboard Haptics
    • Maps
    • Notes
    • Photos
    • Privacy and Security
    • Reminders
    • Shortcuts
    • Siri
    • Spotlight
    • Stocks
    • Wallet
  • Built-In Apps and What They Do
  • Explore the Lock Screen
    • Lock and Unlock Your Device
    • Manage Notifications
    • Receive Notification Summaries
    • Customize Your Lock Screen
    • Do Other Stuff on the Lock Screen
  • Take Control of Control Center
    • Use and Customize Control Center
    • Discover Control Center Functions
  • Hone the Home Screen
    • Learn Home Screen Basics
    • Manage the Home Screen
    • Clean Up Your Home Screen with App Library
    • Add Widgets to Your Home Screen
    • Manage Home Screen Notifications
  • Find Your Focus
    • Make Sense of Focus
    • Just Turn On Do Not Disturb
    • Set Up a Focus
    • Filter Focus with Focus Filters
    • Trigger Focuses
  • Switch and Hand Off Apps
    • Switch Between Apps
    • Learn About Handoff
  • Search with Spotlight
  • Speak to Siri
    • Summon Siri
    • Set Up Siri
    • Learn Some Useful Siri Commands
  • Command Keyboards
    • Learn Text-Editing Basics
    • Save Time Typing
    • Type Other Languages and Emojis
    • Dictate Text
    • Type One-Handed
    • Autofill Passwords
    • Install Third-Party Keyboards
  • Use the Share Sheet
    • Share with the Share Sheet
    • Edit Share Sheets
    • Markup
  • Maximize Your iPad
    • Manage the Dock
    • Type on an iPad
    • Use a Mouse or Trackpad
    • Multitask in iPadOS
    • Manage the Stage
    • Take a Quick Note
    • Meet the iPadOS Menu Bar
    • Write with Scribble
  • Master Messages
    • Understand Core Messages Concepts
    • Send a Message
    • Discover Messages Apps
    • Manage Message Details
    • Learn What’s New in Messages
  • Capture Camera Basics
    • Learn Camera Fundamentals
    • Pick a Camera Mode
    • Snap a Photo
    • Take a Video
    • Take a Slo-mo Video
    • Take a Time-Lapse Video
    • Learn Some Camera Tricks
  • Learn New Accessibility Features
    • Mirror Your Apple Watch to Your iPhone
    • Save Magnifier “Activities”
    • Detect Objects with Magnifier
    • Hang Up with Siri and Adjust Siri’s Pause Time
    • Enable Live Captions
    • Spell Words with Voice Control
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print

Josh Centers Discusses iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 on MacVoices

Posted by Joe Kissell on December 4, 2022

Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner on MacVoices to talk about _Take Control of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. Josh discusses some of the new features in Apple’s latest operating systems—as well as some bugs.


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