iPad: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2014
Pages: 560

iOS 8 for the iPad is the biggest iOS release ever, and this all-new Missing Manual includes everything you need to know about iPad’s exciting features and new user interface. Missing Manual series creator David Pogue takes you on a guided iPad tour, complete with step-by-step instructions, crystal-clear explanations, and lots of tips, tricks, and surprises along the way.

  • Learn how to sync and work on any file anywhere, on any device, with iCloud Drive
  • Use Family Sharing to circulate your calendars, photos, iBooks, and iTunes and App Store purchases with those closest to you
  • Track your activity, heart rate, and other fitness information with Health
  • Connect to your other iOS devices and Mac like never before with Handoff, Messages, and Instant Hotspot

With this beautiful full-color and easy-to-use book, you’ll discover how to get the most out of your iPad—everything from Web browsing to watching videos.

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  • Easy to understand (6)
  • Helpful examples (5)
  • Accurate (4)
  • Concise (4)
  • Well-written (3)

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4.0

Everything you could imagine

By RogB

from Australia

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples

Cons

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    Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition:

    Unfortunately in accordance with O'Reilly's new policy, the review copy is an ebook rather than something with a colourful cover and lots of pages. This is why it has taken me months to produce this review. I have written dozens of book reviews over 20 plus years and usually can turn one out in a week or two, allowing for a read of most, if not all, of the text. But a real paper book is different. You can read it all over the house, you can dip into it during the ads on TV, you can read it in the car while waiting for the wife, etc etc.

    To have to go to the computer and stare at a screen for hours just to read something is just not me. Even using an iPad is not the same – flicking between the table of contents, index, and different parts of the text is part of my review process and the iPad doesn't work in the same way. Anyway because of all that, this is likely to be my last review. I hope you find it useful – if a little late.

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

    The Introduction section covers the book layout and conventions and gives a rundown on the latest changes to the IOS and the iPad. At the end is a detailed index, although if you have an eBook copy of the book one benefit is the search function that can replace the use of the index in many instances.

    The rest of the book is divided into five parts, each containing several chapters, plus a comprehensive index. The layout is highly logical, the text is easy to follow and there are plenty of graphics.

    To understand what the book is all about the table of contents is the place to start.

    Part 1: The iPad Basics
    • The Guided Tour (a description of the iPad hardware elements)
    • Typing, Editing, Searching
    • Siri and Speech
    • Calling & FaceTime
    • Texting & iMessages
    • Accessibility

    Part 2: Pix, Flix & Apps
    • Music
    • Taking Photos, Shooting Videos
    • All About Apps
    • The Built-in Apps

    Part 3: The iPad Online
    • Getting Online
    • The Web
    • Email

    Part 4: Connections
    • Syncing with iTunes
    • iCloud & Continuity
    • The Corporate iPad
    • Settings

    Part 5: Appendixes
    • Signup & Setup
    • Troubleshooting & Maintenance

    As can be seen from the contents list the book covers everything you could imagine. In fact one of its benefits is that I found that it covered things that I had not imagined! I found that an iPad could do things that I didn't know about – and that was great! There were other things that I sort of knew and could muddle my way through or around and the book made things so much clearer for me.

    For those not into reading a manual from cover to cover (I know, hard to believe but there are some such people) the book can be used as a reference text to look up issues or questions as they arise. I must admit that for this sort of use the electronic version is probably better than the paper version as the search function is quick and efficient.

    O'Reilly makes its eBooks available in a range of formats and a purchaser can opt to download more than one format (DAISY, ePub, PDF, Mobi). As an experiment I downloaded the ePub and PDF versions and loaded them into iBooks. They each have their pluses and minuses. The ePub version is exactly what iBooks is set up for. It sort of acts like a paper book. It is very flexible and plastic in that it can be reshaped and formatted as you like. As the text size is changed, the text moves across pages as the number of pages changes. The PDF version (which actually opens in Preview) is like a scrolling photocopy with all the content fixed in relation to each page. For the review I found this version easier to use but for general reading I found the other more pleasant to use. All a matter of personal choice.

    I found the iPad Missing Manual 7th Edition to be of the usual high standard of the series. It was interestingly written and comprehensive, with a good table of contents and index.

     
    4.0

    Handy read

    By Teza

    from Melb., Aust.

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      Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition:

      Great for first time owners of an iPad

       
      5.0

      Easy read, easy to understand and use

      By Teza

      from Melb., Aust.

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      • Helpful examples

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        • Novice

        Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition:

        Handy for first time users of an iPad, good coverage recomended.

         
        2.0

        The Index is very hard to use

        By Harry Not Potter

        from Sunnyvale, CA

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        Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition:

        The index gave great difficulty in finding things. I had to slide down, down, down through the long (and spaced out) Table of Contents to get to the Index. Then I slid through the index, page after page, not until I found my word, but until the system thought I had made a selection, and jumped there, leaving me to start over. I finally got to where "Mail" should be, it was missing. "Mail" is an app on the Home Page, but "email" is in the index.

        The index joins a majority in not showing alphabetizing words at the top of the page. In my library, only a book on Microsoft Windows 8, from an old publisher provides this very useful feature.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Witty, Informative, iPad Guide

        By Joe the reader

        from Christina Lake, BC

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

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          Best Uses

          • Intermediate
          • Novice

          Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition:

          I must confess that I have become a huge fan of David Pogue's Missing Manual books, since I first discovered them about 4 years ago. Some of the MM's are written by other authors, but frankly Mr. Pogue's work is the gold standard of the brand, which is why I resisted purchasing the iPad MM until this year, when Mr. Pogue took over the task of writing it. I am happy to report, I have not been disappointed.

          If you are a non-technical person or iPad novice this book will provide a cheerful, easy-going introduction to the vast capabilities of this amazing tablet, in a jargon free, easy to follow format. Even experienced iPad users will find tips and tricks that are otherwise very difficult to obtain from web searches or Apple documentation. While experts could conceivably discover much of what is contained in this book, it would be a poor tradeoff as the time spent on web searches and verification would far exceed the time required to simply read this book.

          If you are a positive, forward looking sort, then you've heard enough. This is one of the best iPad books I've come across, almost everyone will find something to like.
          Enough said.

          However, if you are a critical, cynical sort, you'll want to know what's not to like. After all, nothing is perfect. The following is for you:

          It seems to me that Mr Pogue has taken on a huge number of authoring commitments in the last half of 2014. He has written, or is in the process of writing/updating 4 books that I know of: his iPhone Missing Manual, his OS X Missing Manual, this iPad Missing Manual, and Pogue's Basics. The previous versions of this iPad manual were written by a different author, and it seems that Mr. Pogue has chosen to adapt his iPhone MM to create this new iPad MM, rather than simply updating the previous version. That's a reasonable approach given the vast similarities between the phone and the tablet. However, I get the impression that in the rush to produce the massive amount of content he has committed to, some errors have crept into this particular book. The good news is, most of the errors are not serious and only the most inexperienced users will have trouble with them. Also the author is strongly committed to correcting any errors that are reported, and updating subsequent releases of his books (there is also on-line errata available).

          All technical books have errors, and I don't find those in even this first release too serious. It's still one of the best iPad manuals you can lay your hands on that is current with the latest software release (iOS 8). It may indeed be the best manual available, but I cannot say for sure as I have not read all of them, and do not intend to do so.

          Note that, if you have both an iPhone and an iPad, you may wish to save yourself some precious reading time and purchase just one (either the iPad or the iPhone Missing Manual) rather than both. Because the devices are so similar, the manuals have a lot of commonality with each other. Whatever you choose, definitely consider reading one of these excellent manuals by Mr. Pogue.

           
          5.0

          Great book!

          By L.T.

          from HuntingtonBeach, CA

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          • Concise
          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples
          • Well-written

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            Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition:

            David Pogue is THE BEST!

             
            5.0

            To the point and relatively complete

            By BasilFawlty

            from Green Bay, Wisconsin

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            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Concise
            • Easy to understand
            • Well-written

            Cons

            • Hard To See Pics On My Ki

            Best Uses

            • Intermediate
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            Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition:

            Love the Missing Manual series. To the point, not a lot of words.

            Informative and logical. A bit hard to see the pics on my Kindle.

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