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by Wallace Wang
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May 31, 2011 159327386X 978-1593273866 1

The iPad is cute, lovable, fun to play with, and a bit mysterious.

My New iPad 2 is your guide to getting the most from Apple's latest magical creation. Best-selling author Wallace Wang's patient, step-by-step instructions will have you using your new iPad to:

  • Find your way using the Maps app and the iPad's compass
  • Get organized with the Notes, Calendar, and Contacts apps
  • Set up your email accounts and browse the Web
  • Listen to music, read ebooks, and take videos and photos
  • Use FaceTime to talk face-to-face with distant friends and relatives
  • Shop on iTunes and the App Store for the best new music, apps, movies, games, and books
  • Set parental controls, use a secret passcode, and encrypt your backups for maximum privacy

And so much more. You'll even learn top-secret touch gestures to help make the most of your iPad. Discover the hundreds of amazing things your iPad can do with My New iPad 2.

5 Top Secret Tips from the Author

  1. Trying to get through a bunch of email quickly? Archive or delete unimportant messages quickly by swiping on their subject-line in the Mail app. Need to make room for new stuff? The swipe-to-delete gesture works in several other apps like Videos and iBooks, too.

  2. Browsing Safari when a bad song comes on? Double-click the home button, swipe the icons to the right, and press fast-forward in the iPod controls. (You can even get these iPod controls while your iPad is locked!)

  3. Reading an article in Safari? Double-tap a column of text to zoom into it perfectly. Once you’re finished, jump back to the top of the page by tapping the very top of the iPad’s screen (the status bar).

  4. Shake your iPad to undo a cut, paste, or even a bit of typing. Just be gentle!

  5. Prefer playing music through your computer speakers, but reading the news on the iPad? You can control iTunes playing on your Mac or PC by using the free remote app from Apple.

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About the Author

Wallace Wang is the author of numerous best-selling computer books including Steal This Computer Book, Steal This File Sharing Book, My New Mac, and The Book of Nero (all No Starch Press). He is also a successful standup comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Product Details

  • Series: My New
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159327386X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593273866
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I love computers but I hate complexity. That's why I specialize in making complicated topics easier to understand. My computer books tackle a variety that include Microsoft Office and computer programming. Besides my many computer books, I've also written books on non-computer topics such as stock investing and screenwriting. When not writing books, I also perform stand-up comedy so I can bring a humorous touch to my explanation of complicated topics so they're easier to learn.

In the stand-up comedy world, I've been performing stand-up comedy for over 20 years, having appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and SiTV's "Latino Laugh Festival" along with appearing at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas. Currently I'm focusing my comedic writing skills towards occasional comedy performances but mostly towards screenwriting. You can read my screenwriting blog at The 15 Minute Movie Method ( I've collected the best ideas from my screenwriting blog and condensed them into an e-book also called "The 15-Minute Movie Method," which is available as an e-book.

In 1992, I got my first cat and after reading a basic cat care book, I found that none of the advice offered had any basis in reality for dealing with the quirks and whims of a real cat. Based on that experience, I wrote a parody of a cat care book called "How to Live with a Cat (When You Really Don't Want To)." This book is now available as an e-book and I also run a blog called Cat Daily News ( where I collect interesting cat news from around the Internet.

In the teaching world, I've taught at community colleges around San Diego as well as teaching at the University of Zimbabwe in Africa. Currently I teach an online Microsoft Word and OS X/iOS programming course through a company called Ed2Go.

In the writing world, I've written for several magazines including Computer Power User (CPU), Boardwatch Magazine, and Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities. I also write a weekly Macintosh column in an online computer magazine called ComputorEdge ( In addition, I've ghost written several books for real estate experts, stock day trading specialists, and network marketing millionaires. In 2008, I helped San Diego State University's film department win their first student Emmy when they filmed my sitcom pilot, "Three of a Kind," which is about three generations of couples forced to live in the same house without driving each other crazy from their different points of view on everything.

In the game designing world, I've created and published a game in 1983 called "Orbit War," which was published by Steve Jackson Games (the game is now out of print). The game simulated low orbital combat between satellites.

I'm interested in always learning something new and combining my various skills and experience to help others understand changing technology. To keep up with my random thoughts concerning advice I wish someone had given me, you can read my personal blog at

My latest interest involves creating interactive e-books, so I also run another web site called The Electronic Author ( where I give tips for how others can publish e-books inexpensively and maximize their profits. Since printed books cost so much to make, ship, and store, and bookstores are fading from relevance faster than the latest reality TV star, you can see that the future of printed books is about as promising as Kim Kardashian suddenly deciding to go to college and earn a Ph.D. in nuclear physics.

With all my books I strive to simplify complex topics in a fun way that everyone can enjoy. Life is too short to remain mentally stagnant, so keep learning and striving for your goals, and I'll be happy to help through my books so you can reach your dreams.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The "My New" series is designed for non-technical beginning users who need some hand-holding in confronting their new device. "My New iPad" is a perfect book for someone who has never used in iPad or iPhone and needs to be taught the very basics. Although the book claims intermediate users can learn tips and tricks, the book was too simplistic to be of any value to experienced users.

For the beginning, readers will find just the information they need to get up and running. Although the book is a thick 350 or so pages, it's a very quick read and includes a large number of pictures for reference purposes and learning about your iPad without actually having an iPad in front of you.

Instead of focusing on every feature, the book covers those features the average new user would be interested in. The books starts at the beginning: how to turn the iPad off and on. Instead of a list of every feature of every setting in alphabetical order, the presentation is based on how a user first approaches their iPad. First they turn it on, then customize it, then they get on the Internet and go from there. The last chapters focus on more advanced topics such as moving Microsoft Office docs to and from your iPad and suggested apps (although the app suggestions are extremely outdated). In the middle is a focus on practical aspects of iPad use - less about what an app does, and more how to integrate that app into your daily usage.

Overall, this book is great for a beginner to the iOS platform as well as the iPad user who bought one and quite can't figure out the best way to use it.

Pros: Well-illustrated with clear examples on usage, focuses on the features of the iPad the average user would be interested in a logical order
Cons: Simplistic for iPad users already comfortable with the device
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides A Great Foundation For New Users July 19, 2011
My New iPad 2: A User's Guide from No Starch Press, is the latest book in the "My New" series by best-selling author and standup comic Wallace Wang.

My New iPad 2 is written in an approachable, friendly, and organized manner. The book takes the user on a 263 page step-by-step journey from the basics of simply turning on the iPad to battery conservation, customizing, controlling, managing, organizing, and general troubleshooting. Every chapter is filled with colorful screenshots and illustrations. The book never gets too technical or tiring to read.

Every App that is included with the iPad 2 is covered in just enough detail. You come away with a feeling that you have gained a confident familiarity with the applications that Apple provides with the iPad 2.

As the lessons wind down, Mr. Wang guides you through the wonderful Accessibility features that Apple provides and then goes on to offer the reader some solid choices on apps to install on their new iPad.

Throughout the book, tips are featured within most topics. For example, I learned that the scrubbing rate can be set by holding your finger over the Playhead slider until the Hi-Speed Scrubbing bar appears. Now, slide your finger down the the screen and the scrubbing speed choices change to Half Speed then Quarter Speed and then finally to Fine scrubbing.

The book closes with a useful chapter on troubleshooting. I would like to have seen Mr. Wang include instructions on rebooting the device. He explains how to restart the iPad but stops just short of providing the bonus tip of rebooting. To reboot your ipad, hold down the On/Off button and Home button at the same time. When you see the red slider, ignore it. Continue to hold down the On/Off and Home buttons until you see the Apple logo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners December 12, 2011
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I am an 82 year old who loves all the new electronic things but I do not have the background that the young people have. I learn better with manuals and this one is a perfect step by step one and it helps me to enjoy my I PAD 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, easy to learn! July 20, 2011
My New iPad 2 is such a pleasure to read!
Easy to follow, which makes it quick to learn.
And no excessive wordage or redundancy make this book great.

Most importantly My New iPad 2 de-mystifies the process of copying settings, contacts, music,
photos, apps, and more from iTunes on your computer to your iPad.
Very helpful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy & attractive iPad manual June 30, 2011
This was a fun and informative book to read - it handles all the basics for the new user but there is always something new you can pick up - just off the top of my head: how to get foreign letters on the keyboard, changing your sleep settings, handling photos, contacts, iBooks, videos, calendars, maps, etc.Have you ever searched you iPad with spotlight? Did you even know you could? So, this is an attractive and well laid out book which doesn't go into the dark depths of what you can do with the iPad but has something for nearly every iPad user.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My New iPad 2 is a fine guide for getting the most from the iPad 2 and provides a step-by-step coverage for all the basics, from using the Maps app and the iPad calendar to setting up email accounts, using FaceTime to talk face-to-face, and setting passwords, controls and more. Any with a new iPad 2 will find this the manual that 'should be in the box'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand December 8, 2013
By Sarah
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This is the 3rd ipad book I've tried and this one wins hands down. It's easier to understand and I'm not a techy my any means so I need lots of help. I love my Ipad now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a handy reference for the very brand new to iOS
I'm cleaning out my library and found this book. In full disclosure, I received this as a reviewer's copy a long time ago. Read more
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I am the guy of guy who need user guides.
I use them for a reference.
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This book is very helpful for a new IPad user. It answers the many fundamental questions for someone new to this piece of technology. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Marilynn R. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read user's manual
i was so thrilled when I realized i could buy this book in digital form.
I stored it right on my iPad in the kindle app. also could store on ibooks app. Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by h2obabe
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Prize!
When I review titles such as this, there is always a danger of the book being outdated. Wallace Wang does a very good job of counteracting this. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Frank Beckendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars My New iPad 2 : A user's Guide
Found this book to be helpful and well laid out. Easy to follow. Many times books that are supposed to help you learn to use a product only confuse you more. Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Jacqueline Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Infomative
My New iPad 2 is an easy to read and a very nice reference manual.
I have been using an iPad 1 and 2 since day one. Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by Irwin Maloff
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear And Easy To Read
This is the latest book from Wallace Wang, author of My New Mac, My New iPhone, and Steal This Computer Book. Mr. Read more
Published on July 1, 2011 by fshepinc
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