Take Control of Your iPad
Publisher: TidBITS / Take Control Books
Final Release Date: April 2012
Pages: 188

Whether you're new to the iPad or you're the person your friends and relatives turn to with iPad questions, this ebook is for you.

This ebook describes the special hardware components in the original iPad, iPad 2, and third-generation iPad, plus gives you a tour of the parts and ports on the edge of the iPad, and discusses key accessories. It also provides short (and extended) advice on how to handle questions asked by the Setup Assistant - including Location Services, Wi-Fi and cellular data Internet connections, Apple ID, iCloud, and Voice Dictation - plus assistance with setting up services that the Setup Assistant doesn't handle, including the passcode lock, Bluetooth and tethered connections, notifications, Google Sync, and an effective custom iTunes sync.

A good-sized portion of the ebook helps you master certain core iPad apps - such as Mail, Contacts, Photos, iBooks, Music, and Safari - and has real-world advice on buying and managing third-party apps.

Tonya walks you through the entire iPad experience:

  • Handle the hardware: Learn about the hardware components in your iPad model that make it unique, and get ideas for which accessories you should considering purchasing. Also, see where all the ports and buttons are on your iPad, plus find out how to turn it on and off, and how to reset and restore in case of a problem. For iPad 2 and third-generation iPad users, the ebook also describes how to use the camera for photos and videos, or to place a FaceTime video call.
  • Get started: Learn how to answer the questions asked by the iPad's Setup Assistant, and get help with important configuration options that the Setup Assistant doesn't cover, including security, Bluetooth, tethering, Picture Frame slideshows, and notifications. You'll also find detailed directions for managing a Wi-Fi or USB-based iTunes sync.
  • Sync data wirelessly: Find advice for integrating your iPad with iCloud, Google Contacts and Calendars, and Microsoft Exchange. (The ebook has solid iCloud coverage, but for all the details, read Take Control of iCloud.)
  • Get around: Learn the most important gestures, and find out how to type on the iPad's virtual keyboard, with advice on typing faster, as well as how to copy and paste. For third-generation iPad users, the ebook describes the new Voice Dictation feature.
  • Make the Home screen feel like home: Find friendly guidance on customizing the Home screen and Dock, making folders, and managing the multitasking bar.
  • Get organized: Learn how to send email and exchange text messages; run the Calendar and Contacts apps; and use Maps, Find My Friends, and Find My iPad.
  • Enjoy media: Discover how to find and read ebooks and magazines, enjoy music and movies, listen to podcasts and audiobooks, browse the Web, use iTunes U, and generally become an iPad media maven.
  • Add apps: Read real-world advice on locating, purchasing, downloading, configuring, organizing, and sharing third-party apps.
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Take Control of Your iPad by Tonya Engst

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


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    Comments about oreilly Take Control of Your iPad:

    This book is a very good resource for any one new to an iPad or to someone that has used one but not the new features in iOS 5. Mrs. Engst has a nice flow to her writing and explains all the features clearly and in a fashion that even a novice will understand it. As an iPad user I even learned a few things I didn't know from this book. I give this book a 4 out of 5 and would recommend it!

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