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November 30, 2011 1449316166 978-1449316167 Third Edition

With iOS 5, Apple added more than 200 new features to the iPad 2, but there’s still no printed guide to using all its amazing capabilities. That’s where this full-color Missing Manual comes in. You’ll learn how to stuff your iPad with media, organize your personal life, wirelessly stream content to and from your tablet, stay connected to friends, and much more.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Build your media library. Fill your iPad with music, movies, TV shows, eBooks, eMagazines, photos, and more.
  • Go wireless. Sync content between your computer and iPad—no wires needed.
  • Get online. Connect through WiFi or Wi-Fi + 3G, and surf the Web using the iPad’s new tabbed browser.
  • Consolidate email. Read and send messages from any of your email accounts.
  • Get social. Use built-in apps like iMessage, Twitter, and Ping to stay in touch.
  • Store stuff in iCloud. Stash your content online for free, and sync up all your devices automatically.
  • Interact with your iPad. Learn new finger moves and undocumented tips, tricks, and shortcuts.

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About the Author

J.D. Biersdorfer is the best-selling author of iPad: The Missing Manual, Best iPhone Apps (Second Edition), Netbooks: The Missing Maunal, and The iPod Shuffle Fan Book. She is the co-author of iPod: The Missing Manual, Google: The Missing Manual (Second Edition), iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual, and The Internet: The Missing Manual. She has authored the weekly technology column "Q&A" for the New York Times since 1998 and often writes about art, books, and design for other sections of The Times. J.D. also co-hosts the independent Pop Tech Jam audio podcast, which explores current events in the world of technology and geek culture.

Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Third Edition edition (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316167
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After studying drama by day and working for the campus newspaper by night when I was at Indiana University, I moved to to New York on the Greyhound bus when I was 22, figuring I'd crash the theater and get a job right off as a prop tart making stuff for Broadway musicals. That didn't exactly work out, but I took a sideways bounce into the world of publishing. I've worked around the city at several magazines and now I write the weekly computer Q&A column for The New York Times.

I did make it to Broadway, though -- just hailed a cab there last night.

Customer Reviews

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful for a New iPad 2 Owner December 8, 2011
By gdette
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book, just updated for the new iOS 5, is a huge help for a new iPad owner. I'm new to Apple, period, so using the iPad was not as intuitive as it would perhaps be for someone who has owned another Apple product. I had already downloaded and tried plodding through the official Apple version of the user manual, but that manual is so poorly organized and written a bit too technically, that I was feeling like I would need a printed out version to make sense of it.

I just started this "Missing Manual" today and already, I'm doing keyboard shortcuts, know easier ways to deal with open apps, etc. The manual can be read chapter by chapter in the order written, but I've already jumped around a little bit to find my subjects of interest.

I don't know if this manual would be considered too simplistic for someone who is already familiar with the iPad 1 or Apple products in general. But for a newbie, this is the manual to own. The publisher has a website where you can register your book and check for errors and updates, or else contribute those you find. This means that future editions will be corrected and improved based on reader input too.

I'm hoping that someday most of what's in this manual will be second nature to me. In the meantime, it's a great road map!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iPad 2 January 14, 2012
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I primarily bought the book for my wife. She has found it much easier to use the iPad after reading some of the book. She is still in the process of reading the rest of the book, but she says it has made a great difference in using the iPad. She has found it very easy to follow. I also have read the book and it has helped me to master some of the finer points of the iPad.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A trusted series March 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have used these books in the past with great success. They are easy to understand and use. I got the Kindle edition because of the price but I really think I would have been happier with a book that I could hold in my hand. I do enjoy reading fiction on my iPad but I find it a bit more difficult to find specific information with the digital format. I'm just old and used to researching with a book I can hold in my hand. Aside from this I really do recommend this series to anyone needing to learn a new system of product.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping March 28, 2012
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I'll admit, I'm not a techie person. I bought an ipad largely based on Apple's user-friendly, reliable, intuitive reputation, but it wasn't intuitive enough for me and was becoming a VERY expensive way to play tetris-like games. So I bought this Missing Manual book. Unfortunately, the author is totally in tune (synced?) with the ipad method of information organization. What you want to know could be over here, over there, 3 levels down, 2 levels up, or 6 steps sideways. For example, on p 5, where we're supposedly learning how to turn it on and set it up, we get referred to p 136 on how to sign in; we're supposed to set up our icloud, but won't be told anything about it until chapter 16; we're supposed to make decisions about how to set up an email account - or not - but that info doesn't show up until chapter 5; and we can hit the "start using ipad" button, but we won't be told what that does until chapter 6.

Another example: P. 275 has a big heading "Automatically Download Photos with Photo Stream." There are 2-1/2 lines below it, which don't really explain it, but tell you to see Chapter 16 and page 294 for details. So what was the purpose of the big heading! These aren't isolated examples. Everyplace I looked referred me to someplace else, which referred me to someplace else, etc. Maybe it's a function of my age, but I like to get a foundation of knowledge and build cohesively on it. This "grabbing factoids" here and there, and hoping my brain can assemble it usefully, doesn't work for me. A glossary would have been helpful. This book has a nice index and I suspect it would be a very helpful reference book to someone who understands the ipad better than I do, but it wasn't very helpful in teaching me how to use it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncovering the IPAD mystery February 20, 2012
By Suzanne
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This is my first Apple product or touch screen application. This book has provided a world of shortcuts and solutions to problems I had in trying to figure out the IPAD2. This book explains in plain English which type of earbuds are the best to hear stereo music, how to arrange your home screens, how to get more out of the Maps feature, making play lists, you name it & you can find it in this book.

The best part is that it easy to understand - no techno-geek language and easy to use.
I would recommend this book to anyone who knows that their IPAD must do more than what you can figure out - and as you might be able to tell, I'm not one who reads manuals - even if one had come with the IPAD2.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Missing Manual must! February 20, 2012
I have always been a huge fan of THe Missing Manual series. Pogue and his fellow writers never fail to give us a terrific read and buy. This book is no different. Where does all the magic come from these authors? Who picks them? If Pogue does it, he does a great job!

This title had over 200 features to the operating system that is a must to master. The book includes the new features as well as the ones retained. It even dwells into the good apps to get. Games, books, videos and music all all there. At only $24.99, this is a steal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Used this all the time when I first bought my IPAD. Helped me with many questions concerning its many uses.
Published 1 month ago by DONNA B
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book
Quality of book is nice and it came as promised. Learned a lot of information in using my ipad 2. Would not hesitate to check out this vendors website in the future.
Published 1 month ago by Desiree Lomak
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative!
This was a big help when I got my iPad2. I've moved on now to the iPad Mini, but this book is still useful.
Published 7 months ago by Cookster
5.0 out of 5 stars GoodBook
Great help when you have questions.Since most items no longer come with instruction manuels a book like this comes in handy.
Published 7 months ago by Suzyq
5.0 out of 5 stars Manual works well
Missing Manual found.....and is just what I was looking for. Great for newbies. Thank you Creative Team for a well-organized manual.
Published 11 months ago by K. Gibbs
3.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Manual
Haven't had the time to read this manual yet. Hopefully in the near future. Have never done a manual like this
Published 13 months ago by Ms. Georgia J. Sagerhorn
5.0 out of 5 stars ipad book
this book has taught me so many things that if I didn't have it I probably wouldn.t have learned. It is a must have for new ipad users.
Published 14 months ago by Charles Boyd
3.0 out of 5 stars ipad
It is just a simple manual for the ipad2. Just what I wanted. Nothing technical about it, just plain english. Should have books like this in all electronic type items.
Published 15 months ago by Teresa Harter
4.0 out of 5 stars with some fun
very helpful on the hole, some areas are a little confusing if one is not use to
i-anything meaning I am new to apple products but having a good time learning, still reading... Read more
Published 17 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
As a new Apple user, this book really helped me get started in using my new iPad 2. Although I could have downloaded a manual, the book is much easier to use, is written in... Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Straub
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