iPad: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Pogue Press
Released: December 2012
Pages: 400

Apple’s wildly popular iPad and new iPad Mini come jam-packed with features, like access to your media library from the Web, Siri voice control, and seamless Facebook and Twitter integration. But to tap your iPad’s potential, you need a trustworthy owner’s manual. This bestselling book shows you how to import, create, and play back media; sync and shop wirelessly; keep in touch over the Internet; and even take care of business. In addition, you'll find full coverage of iTunes 11, Apple's newly updated media manager.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Take your media with you. Fill your iPad with music, photos, movies, TV shows, games, ebooks, and podcasts.
  • Tap new features in email. Create VIP and Flagged mailboxes, and insert photos or videos into messages on the fly.
  • Get online. Surf at warp speed with the streamlined Safari browser and the iPad’s new ultrafast WiFi connection or 4G LTE network.
  • Post to Facebook and Twitter. Update your status right from the iPad’s Camera, Photos, Maps, and Game Center apps.
  • Make photos public. Share selected photos over iCloud.
  • Find your way with Maps. Get turn-by-turn directions, soar over cityscapes in 3D, and read embedded Yelp reviews.
  • Dictate email. Speak email messages and notes and have your iPad type them up.
  • Stream with Airplay. Take stunning photos and HD video, and wirelessly beam the results to your big-screen TV.
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Lacks somedepth of other MIssing Manuals

By Joe in PA

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      Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition:

      Perhaps because iPad MM (iOS6) is shorter than typical OSX Missing Manuals, I find it lacks some depth - as in pointing out the pitfalls and non-intuitive behaviors of iOS and Apple apps, at least not at the level I have come to expect in MM books. For example the section on Apple Maps app describes the usual "how to push the buttons" including how to get Turn by Turn direction, but does not mention that Turn by Turn is ONLY available if you use "Current Location" as the starting point. If instead you type in your actual starting address (same place as "current location") you can NOT get Turn by Turn, but instead you are able to jump to any turn location on the map by tapping its step on the list of turns or by swiping the big green Direction step sign. The book does not tell users these are MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE "features" or what triggers one mode vs. the other. Since this behavior of Maps is not at all intuitive, the MM should make it very clear to the reader. That's why I buy MMs, for the tips that are not in the Apple's User Guides.

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      Another Great Missing Manual

      By RogerB

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        Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition:

        O'Reilly released the fifth edition of iPad in its Missing Manual series in November 2012 and has provided a copy for review. I was keen to read it as I have been using an iPad (when my wife lets me) over the past nine months, guided by the start up sheet that comes with the iPad, a downloaded PDF Apple iPad user manual and online Apple support. I was interested to see what the Missing Manual could add.

        Missing Manual series books are promoted by O'Reilly as 'the book that should have been in the box'. A little old fashioned, as most software doesn't come in a box any more; but it does refer back to a time when software came with a thick manual or set of manuals. I can remember when MS Office came with a stack of manuals about a foot high!

        The book is in a quality square spine soft cover form with a glossy cover, clear text and lots of colour images. It has seven pages of table of contents and 384 text pages, including a 18 page index. The author is J.D. Biersdorfer.

        The content covers all iPads, including the Mini. It also covers a lot of functionality outside the iPad itself – including iCloud, App Stores, PhotoStream and iTunes.

        At the time of publication it was known that iTunes 11 was about to be released. The author indicates that a section on iTunes 11 would be available subsequently as a PDF for download. In conjunction with the book O'Reilly offers on-line resources in the form of the "Missing CD" (the CD that you would have had to pay for if it came with the book) at its www.missingmanual.com website. This also is where other book updates will be available and where readers can leave their own comments. I downloaded the iTunes 11 item without trouble.

        There is so much content in the book it might be helpful to provide information on the 13 chapters and two appendices:

        Table of Contents - seven pages of detail down to main paragraph level titles.
        Introduction - introduces the book and its internal conventions.
        One – Set Up Your iPad - describes the iPad models and provides getting started advice, including activation and syncing.
        Two – Tour Your Tablet - explores all the controls, connectors and standard apps.
        Three – Interact with Your iPad - explains the finger moves for using the touch screen, the keyboards, searching and printing.
        Four – Get Online - covers wifi and cellular connection, FaceTime and Skype.
        Five – Surf the Web - Safari, iCloud and online apps.
        Six – Keep In Touch with Email and Messaging -all about email and messaging.
        Seven – Organise Your Life with the iPad's Apps - covers the standard apps that come with the iPad.
        Eight – Shop the App Store - how to use the App Store and to manage apps.
        Nine – Read iBooks and ePeriodicals - using iBooks and ePeriodicals and managing content.
        Ten – Play Games - using games and Game Centre.
        Eleven – Get Productive with iWork - covers the iWork apps – Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
        Twelve – Sync and Share Media Files Using iTunes and iCloud - using iTunes on the Mac, syncing between the Mac and iPad, iCloud.
        Thirteen – Master iTunes on the Desktop - more detailed use of iTunes on the Mac.
        Fourteen – Manage and Play Music and Other Audio - obtaining, syncing and using music and audio files on the iPad
        Fifteen – Watch, Create and Edit Videos - obtaining, syncing and using movie and video files on the iPad
        Sixteen – View, Shoot, Edit and Manage Photos - taking, photos, viewing and editing photos
        Seventeen – Back Up and Sync Your Gadgets with iCloud - covers setting up and using iCloud
        Appendix A – iPad Settings - explains the iPad settings
        Appendix B – iPad Trouble Shooting and Care - basic issues, resetting, updating, restoring, repairing and protecting
        Index - 18 pages

        I read the book from cover to cover, grabbing the iPad from time to time to check out features or functions I was reading about. I knew quite a lot of the content already thanks to the information sources I have mentioned and the time I have been using an iPad. However, the book added clarity to much of what I 'knew'. It also gave me new information on aspects I had not got around to doing anything with so far, such as how to set up and use FaceTime (something I had tried and temporarily given up on), Games Centre, iWork, videos, iCloud and fixing problems with resetting and restoring the iPad.

        What I found very comforting was having all the information consolidated in one book – something easy to grab and access should the need arise. If I had had the book from the day the iPad arrived, learning the iPad would have been much easier.

        I found the iPad Missing Manual to be of the usual high standard of the series. It was interestingly written and comprehensive, with a good table of contents and index.

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