Apple has released iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra, and we’re pleased to bring you four Take Control books to help you get started with the new operating systems and their shared Photos app.
Joe Kissell helps you perform a trouble-free upgrade to Sierra in Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, Scholle McFarland covers what’s new in Sierra (and much more) in Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, Josh Centers takes you on a tour of iOS 10 in his comprehensive iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, and Jason Snell focuses on the new features of Photos in his Photos: A Take Control Crash Course.
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Thanks for your support — it’s great to be able to channel the excitement generated by Apple’s new operating systems into new books, and we couldn’t do it without you!
Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, by Joe Kissell (98 pages, $7)
Experience an anxiety-free upgrade to Sierra as you follow Joe Kissell’s time-tested advice in this focused book, thoroughly updated for Sierra. You’ll ensure that your hardware and software are ready for Sierra, prevent problems by making a bootable duplicate of your primary drive, and decide on the best installation method for your particular situation. You’ll also find full installation directions, plus suggestions on what to do immediately after the install. The book ends with a look at how to handle a failed or problematic installation. Learn more…
Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, by Scholle McFarland (100 pages*, $10.50)
You can head off into the wilds of Sierra with confidence when you’re equipped with Scholle McFarland’s new Crash Course. It kicks off with an overview of what's new, followed by a chapter about Sierra’s cool little features, like keeping folders on top of file listings, new text shortcuts, Picture in Picture, and link and video previews in Messages. Scholle devotes more space to teaching you about big new Sierra features like Siri, app tabs, Desktop and Documents folder syncing, and Universal Clipboard. Particularly important is the book’s discussion of Optimized Storage, which can save a lot of space on a Mac with a small drive, but should be enabled only when you understand its implications. Learn more…
*The 100-page 1.0 version of this book covers the changes in Sierra, but we’re still finalizing a handful of chapters about existing Mac features. We’ll give all purchasers the content-complete version 1.1 of this book for free very soon.
iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, by Josh Centers (143 pages, $10.50)
Quickly master new (and existing) features in iOS 10 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch! TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers helps you come up to speed with extensive coverage of iOS 10’s key changes, including the redesigned Lock screen, Widget screen, and Control Center, and new ways for third-party developers to add features to Apple’s apps. You’ll also learn how Apple has radically revised essential apps like Photos, Messages, Mail, Maps, and Safari. Josh even gives you an introduction to home automation by way of iOS 10’s new Home app and Apple’s HomeKit specification for third-party devices. Additional special topics cover Family Sharing, accessibility, privacy, managing data usage, improving battery life, and more. Learn more…
Photos: A Take Control Crash Course, by Jason Snell (74 pages, $7)
Get the most out of Apple’s Photos app on all your Apple devices! Written by Jason Snell, publisher of Six Colors and former lead editor of Macworld, this book helps you understand Photos’ new machine-learning features like Memories, Categories, and the new version of Faces. It also teaches you how to import (and merge!) old iPhoto and Aperture libraries, set up iCloud Photo Library, organize and edit photos, share photos online, create cards and calendars, and much more.
The book focuses on Photos for 10.12 Sierra, but those who also use the Photos app in iOS 10 will appreciate the iOS-specific help at the end of nearly every chapter. Jason has also included a chapter about viewing your photos on an Apple TV. Learn more…
Thanks again, and we hope our efforts help you make significantly better use of Sierra, iOS 10, and Photos!