Paul McFedries

“Information appears to stew out of me naturally, like the precious ottar of roses out of the otter.” —⁠Mark Twain

iPad Portable Genius, Fourth Edition

Tips, tricks, and troubleshooting techniques for the iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPadOS 14.

Front cover of the book iPad Portable Genius, Fourth Edition

Book Info

  • Publisher: Wiley Publishing
  • Pages: 224
  • Price: US$19.99
  • Pub. date: February 3, 2021
  • Category: devices
  • Tags: Apple, beginner, devices, intermediate, iPad

There are many reasons for the success of the iPad, as well as its smaller cousin, the iPhone. However, if you polled fans of these devices, I bet one reason would quickly bubble up to the top spot: the touch interface. It’s slick, elegant, and just so easy: a tap here, a tap there, and away you go.

Using the iPad touch interface is like playing in one of those seaside areas where the water is only a couple of feet deep no matter where you go; you can still have all kinds of fun, but you never have to swim hard, and there’s little chance of drowning. However, if you walk out far enough in many of those ocean areas, you suddenly come to the edge of an underwater shelf, where the sandy bottom gives way to the inky ocean depths.

Your tablet, too, has its unexplored depths: hidden settings, obscure features, out-of-the-way preferences, and little-known techniques. The usefulness of some of these features is debatable, at best, but many of them can help you work faster, more easily, and more efficiently. Rather than swimming blindly through the murky waters of your tablet’s deep end, what you need is a companion that can guide you through these waters, enable you to be more productive, and help you solve problems wherever you and your tablet happen to be hanging out.

Welcome to iPad Portable Genius, Fourth Edition. This book is your guide to all things iPad packaged in an easy-to-use, easy-to-access, and eminently portable format. In this book, I cover how to get more out of your iPad by accessing all of the really powerful and timesaving features that aren’t obvious at a casual glance. I also explain how to avoid the tablet’s occasional annoying character traits and, in those cases where such behavior can’t be avoided, how to work around it.

Finally, this book tells you how to prevent iPad problems from occurring and, just in case your preventative measures are for naught, how to fix many common problems yourself. This edition also includes updates on the new features of the latest iPads, as well as the most important and useful new features in iOS 14.

This book is for iPad users who know the basics but want to take their education to a higher level. It’s a book for people who want to be more productive, more efficient, more creative, and more self-sufficient (at least as far as their tablet goes). It’s a book for people who use their iPad every day but would like to incorporate it into more of their day-to-day activities. It’s a book I had a blast writing, so I think it’s a book you’ll enjoy reading.

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