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Take Control of iOS 12

Book Description

Learn how to make the most of iOS 12!

Although iOS 12 focuses largely on performance and usability improvements, it also contains dozens of useful new features. In Take Control of iOS 12, TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers takes you through all the new stuff--including some powerful but obscure capabilities you may never notice on your own. You'll learn about Screen Time (to help you monitor and address screen addiction); updated notifications; improvements to Siri, Camera, Messages, and Photos; new password management tools; and a long list of other changes--as well as the new Shortcuts app, which provides new and improved automation features to iOS. Anyone with a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will benefit from Josh's in-depth explanations.

But the book also goes far beyond the new features, providing an extensive guide to getting the most out of iOS 12. For example, you'll learn how to:

  • Make sense of the Lock screen, Home screen, and Control Center--and customize them to meet your needs
  • Search with Spotlight
  • Switch between apps and use Handoff to transfer your work
  • Use Siri effectively, and even create your own custom Siri shortcuts
  • Become a whiz at using the various keyboards and editing controls built into iOS 12
  • Use Share Sheets (for more than just sharing)
  • Make the most of special iPad features like Instant Note, multitasking, and drag & drop
  • Navigate the App Store
  • Understand the ins and outs of Family Sharing
  • Manage your data--both locally on your device and in the cloud
  • Use Screen Time to make better choices about when and how you use your device
  • Take photos and videos, apply camera effects, and organize your media
  • Send and receive messages in any of numerous ways with the Messages app
  • Make calls and use FaceTime and Voicemail
  • Surf the web with Safari
  • Use Maps, Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends
  • Organize your Wallet and use Apple Pay
  • Install, delete, create, and use shortcuts in the Shortcuts app
  • Protect your privacy
  • Make the most of numerous iOS accessibility features
  • Improve your battery life

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. Touch and Hold vs. Press
    4. What’s New in Version 1.1
    5. Related Titles
  2. Introduction
  3. What’s New in iOS 12
    1. Speed
    2. Screen Time
    3. Notifications
    4. Shortcuts
    5. Siri
    6. Camera
    7. Photos
    8. Messages
    9. Password Management
    10. iPhoneX, XS, XS Max, and XR
    11. Augmented Reality
    12. Other
  4. Explore the Lock Screen
    1. Dissect the Lock Screen
    2. Lock and Unlock Your Device
    3. Manage Notifications
    4. Wrangle Widgets
    5. Learn Other Lock Screen Features
  5. Take Control of Control Center
    1. Use and Customize Control Center
    2. Discover Control Center Functions
  6. Hone the Home Screen
    1. Learn Home Screen Basics
    2. Manage the Home Screen
    3. Manage Home Screen Notifications
    4. Use Reachability
    5. 3D Touch Tricks
  7. Search with Spotlight
    1. Access Spotlight Search
    2. Learn Spotlight Features
    3. Customize Spotlight
  8. Switch Apps on the iPhone
    1. Switch Between Apps
    2. Learn About Handoff
  9. Speak to Siri
    1. Summon Siri
    2. Set Up Siri
    3. Learn Some Useful Siri Commands
    4. Create Siri Shortcuts
  10. Command Keyboards
    1. Master Keyboard Fundamentals
    2. Save Time Typing
    3. Dictate Text
    4. Master Emojis
    5. Type One-Handed
    6. Autofill Passwords
    7. Install Third-Party Keyboards
  11. Use Share Sheets
    1. Share with Share Sheets
    2. Edit Share Sheets
  12. Special iPad Features
    1. Work with Instant Notes
    2. Manage the Dock
    3. Multitask on the iPad
    4. Drag and Drop
    5. Keyboarding on the iPad
  13. There’s an App (Store) for That
    1. Tour the App Store
    2. Obtain Apps
  14. All in the Family Sharing
    1. Organize Your Family
    2. What’s Shared and Not Shared
  15. Manage Your Data
    1. Control Device Storage
    2. Manage iCloud Storage
    3. Use the Files App
    4. Handle Bandwidth Usage
  16. Take Advantage of Screen Time
    1. Check and Limit Your App Usage
    2. Set Time Limits for App Categories
    3. Set Downtime for Yourself
  17. Capture Camera Basics
    1. Pick a Camera Mode
    2. Snap a Photo
    3. Take a Video
    4. Take a Slo-mo Video
    5. Take a Time-Lapse Video
    6. Apply Camera Effects
  18. Get to Know Photos
    1. View Your Photos
    2. Organize with Albums
    3. Delete Photos and Videos
    4. Walk Down Memory Lane
    5. iCloud Photo Sharing
    6. Sharing with Sharing Suggestions
  19. Master Messages
    1. Understand Core Messages Concepts
    2. Send a Message
    3. Discover Messages Apps
    4. Manage Message Details
  20. Make Calls
    1. Make a Phone Call
    2. Deal with Incoming Calls
    3. Use FaceTime
    4. Check Voicemail
  21. Go on Safari
    1. Search in Safari
    2. Wrangle Tabs
    3. Discover and Store Links
  22. Find Yourself, Your Stuff, and Your Friends
    1. Use Maps
    2. Enable Do Not Disturb While Driving
    3. Use Find My iPhone
    4. Use Find My Friends
  23. Organize Your Wallet
    1. Manage Wallet Passes
    2. Try Apple Pay
  24. Take a Shortcut
    1. Install Shortcuts
    2. Delete Shortcuts
    3. Use Shortcuts
  25. Guard Your Privacy
    1. Set a Passcode
    2. Set Up Touch ID
    3. Set Up Face ID
    4. Set Up Find My iPhone
    5. Understand Privacy Settings
    6. Learn About Two-Factor Authentication
    7. Improve Your Passwords
  26. iOS Accessibility
    1. Night Shift
    2. Accessibility for Everyone
    3. iOS for the Visually Impaired
    4. iOS for the Hard of Hearing and Deaf
    5. Other Accessibility Options
  27. Improve Battery Life
    1. Tame Battery Usage
    2. Turn Down the Brightness
    3. Shut Off Radios
    4. Use Low Power Mode
    5. Know When to Replace a Battery
    6. Busting Battery Usage Myths
  28. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
    4. Credits
  29. Copyright and Fine Print