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Take Control of
iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

Josh Centers

Josh Centers is back with his tenth book on Apple’s mobile operating systems. This guide for users of iPhones and iPads explores the new features and interface changes in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. It also covers iOS and iPadOS basics, such as working with the Lock screen, Control Center, and Home screen, and using built-in apps like Camera, Messages, and Siri.

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


Whether you’re upgrading an iPhone or iPad to Apple’s latest mobile operating systems or trying to master the obscure ins and outs of your device, Take Control of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 is here to help.

As he has done since 2014, Josh Centers explores what’s new and different in this year’s releases, including Contact Posters, improved autocorrect and predictive text, interactive Home screen widgets, accessibility improvements, offline maps, animated video reactions, and much more. In addition, the book includes information about many basic iPhone and iPad features, even if they haven’t changed recently. Although this book is not intended as a comprehensive guide to everything an iPhone or iPad can do, it’s suitable for beginners and long-time iOS/iPadOS users alike.

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Among the many topics covered in the book are:

  • A list of major new features in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17
  • How to create and use Contact Posters
  • Working with interactive Home screen widgets
  • Using Live Speech and Personal Voice to assist in communication
  • Adding animated reactions to video calls
  • How to use new features in apps like Find My, Freeform, Health, Home, Notes, Reminders, and Safari
  • Downloading maps for offline use
  • 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 1.1

Apple has announced new iPhones, and we discuss their handful of new features in What’s New with the iPhone 15. There are also some minor changes to iOS 17 from the betas, along with a few minor features we didn’t mention in 1.0:

  • Camera: I’ve documented some small changes to the Camera app: changes to Apple ProRAW settings, the new horizon level feature, and a new setting to lock white balance while recording video.
  • Home: The Home app can now show you what times of day your energy is the cleanest.
  • New Sounds & Haptics settings: iOS 17 provides some new ringtones and text tones, along with some changes to Sounds & Haptics settings. See “Other Changes.”
  • Multiple Timers: You can now create multiple timers in the Clock app. See “Clock Timers.”

Another thing to note: for the first time, Apple has published PDFs detailing every change in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, no matter how minor. For instance, did you know that in iOS 17, “Character spacing dynamically adjusts to better accommodate non-Latin scripts with characters that may collide with one another or be vertically clipped”?

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • What’s New in Version 1.1
  • Introduction
  • iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 Quick Start
  • What’s New with the iPhone 15
  • What’s New in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17
    • Device Support
    • Phone
    • Ducking Autocorrect
    • Lock Screen Personalization for iPad
    • Interactive Home Screen Widgets
    • Accessibility
    • AirDrop and SharePlay
    • AirPlay
    • AirPods
    • Camera
    • Clock Timers
    • Custom Stickers
    • FaceTime
    • Find My
    • Freeform
    • Health
    • Home
    • Journal
    • Maps
    • Messages
    • Notes
    • Privacy and Security
    • Reminders
    • Safari
    • Siri
    • Stage Manager
    • StandBy
    • Visual Look Up
    • Other Changes
  • 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
    • Share Locally with AirDrop
    • Exchange Contacts with NameDrop
    • Share Media with SharePlay
    • 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
    • Delete and Recover Messages
    • Search Messages
    • Make Your Contact Poster
    • Discover iMessage Apps
    • Share or Request Location
    • Manage Message Details
  • 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
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print


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