Book: iPhone, Missing Manual, 9th Edition, 656 Pages
Author: David Pogue
Price: $24.99 with lifetime free updates from O’Reilly! or $17.99 on Amazon
Pros: smart, witty, tells and explains why your iPhone is a great computer
Rating: Moose…5/5 Excellent!
by Gary Miller, Alaskan Apple Users Group Member
Conflict of interest disclosure: O’Reilly provided a free copy of iPhone Missing Manual, 9th Edition for the purposes of the review.
When i pick up a book, I wonder if it’ll be good, really good, or boring, and since I’m writing a review, I hope it speaks to me in clear, language, not tech speak. Well, David Pogue, and his staff, have another hit on their hands, iPhone Missing Manual 9th Edition is at once a resource I use on my iPhone, my iPad, and Mac, it’s versatile as an eBook or in printed editions. Well written, and very funny, not dry at all. Get it!
The book is well organized, and taught me many tips, tricks, insights, and I’ve had every version of the iPhone since the beginning, yet, I’m thank goodness not too old to learn. well done.
About This Book from the Publisher…
You don’t get a printed manual when you buy an iPhone. Online, you can find an electronic PDF manual that covers the basics well, but it’s largely free of details, hacks, workarounds, tutorials, humor, and any acknowledgment of the iPhone’s flaws. You can’t easily mark your place, underline, or read it in the bathroom.
The purpose of this book, then, is to serve as the manual that should have accompanied the iPhone. (If you have an original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or iPhone 4, you really need one of this book’s earlier editions. If you have an iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, or 6s Plus, this book assumes that you’ve installed iOS 9.
iPhone: The Missing Manual is divided into five parts, each containing several chapters:
Part 1: The iPhone as Phone, covers everything related to phone calls: dialing, answering, voice control, voicemail, conference calling, text messaging, iMessages, MMS, the Contacts (address book) program an more.
Part 2: Pix, Flix and Apps, is dedicated to the iPhone’s built-in software, with a special emphasis on its multimedia abilities: playing music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and photos; capturing photos and videos; using the Maps app; reading ebooks; and so on.
Part 3: The iPhone Online, is a detailed exploration of the iPhone’s third talent: its ability to get you onto the Internet, either over a Wi?Fi hotspot connection or via the cellular network.
Part 4: Connections, describes the world beyond the iPhone itself— like the copy of iTunes on your Mac or PC that can fill up the iPhone with music, videos, and photos; and syncing the calendar, address book, and mail settings.
Part 5: Appendixes, contains two reference chapters. Appendix A walks you through the setup process; Appendix B is a master compendium of troubleshooting, maintenance, and battery information.