Take Control of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

Book description

Teach your iPhone or iPad new tricks
Version 1.2, updated April 3, 2024

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.

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.

Among the many topics covered in the book are:

  • A complete list of what’s new 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

Table of contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. What’s New in Version 1.2
    3. What Was New in Version 1.1
  2. Introduction
  3. iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 Quick Start
  4. What’s New in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17
    1. Device Support
    2. Accessibility
    3. Action Button
    4. AirDrop and SharePlay
    5. AirPlay
    6. AirPods
    7. Always-On Display
    8. Camera
    9. Changes to the App Store in Europe
    10. Clock Timers
    11. Contact Key Verification
    12. Custom Stickers
    13. Ducking Autocorrect
    14. Emergency SOS via Satellite
    15. Roadside Assistance via Satellite
    16. FaceTime
    17. Find My
    18. Freeform
    19. Game-Streaming Apps Are Now Allowed in the App Store
    20. Health
    21. Home
    22. Interactive Home Screen Widgets
    23. Journal
    24. Lock Screen Personalization for iPad
    25. Maps
    26. Messages
    27. Music
    28. Notes
    29. Phone
    30. Podcasts
    31. Privacy and Security
    32. Reminders
    33. Safari
    34. Siri
    35. Stage Manager
    36. StandBy
    37. Stolen Device Protection
    38. USB-C Storage
    39. Visual Look Up
    40. Wallet
    41. Weather
    42. Other Changes
  5. Built-In Apps and What They Do
  6. Explore the Lock Screen
    1. Lock and Unlock Your Device
    2. Manage Notifications
    3. Receive Notification Summaries
    4. Customize Your Lock Screen
    5. Do Other Stuff on the Lock Screen
  7. Take Control of Control Center
    1. Use and Customize Control Center
    2. Discover Control Center Functions
  8. Hone the Home Screen
    1. Learn Home Screen Basics
    2. Manage the Home Screen
    3. Clean Up Your Home Screen with App Library
    4. Add Widgets to Your Home Screen
    5. Manage Home Screen Notifications
  9. Find Your Focus
    1. Make Sense of Focus
    2. Just Turn On Do Not Disturb
    3. Set Up a Focus
    4. Filter Focus with Focus Filters
    5. Trigger Focuses
  10. Switch and Hand Off Apps
    1. Switch Between Apps
    2. Learn About Handoff
  11. Search with Spotlight
  12. Speak to Siri
    1. Summon Siri
    2. Set Up Siri
    3. Learn Some Useful Siri Commands
  13. Command Keyboards
    1. Learn Text-Editing Basics
    2. Save Time Typing
    3. Type Other Languages and Emojis
    4. Dictate Text
    5. Type One-Handed
    6. Autofill Passwords
    7. Install Third-Party Keyboards
  14. Use the Share Sheet
    1. Share with the Share Sheet
    2. Edit Share Sheets
    3. Share Locally with AirDrop
    4. Exchange Contacts with NameDrop
    5. Share Media with SharePlay
    6. Markup
  15. Maximize Your iPad
    1. Manage the Dock
    2. Type on an iPad
    3. Use a Mouse or Trackpad
    4. Multitask in iPadOS
    5. Manage the Stage
    6. Take a Quick Note
    7. Meet the iPadOS Menu Bar
    8. Write with Scribble
  16. Master Messages
    1. Understand Core Messages Concepts
    2. Send a Message
    3. Delete and Recover Messages
    4. Search Messages
    5. Make Your Contact Poster
    6. Discover iMessage Apps
    7. Share or Request Location
    8. Manage Message Details
  17. Capture Camera Basics
    1. Learn Camera Fundamentals
    2. Pick a Camera Mode
    3. Snap a Photo
    4. Take a Video
    5. Take a Slo-mo Video
    6. Take a Time-Lapse Video
    7. Learn Some Camera Tricks
  18. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  19. Copyright and Fine Print

Product information

  • Title: Take Control of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17
  • Author(s): Josh Centers
  • Release date: April 2024
  • Publisher(s): Take Control Books
  • ISBN: 9781990783326