September 20th is the offical release of macOS 10.12 Sierra, which finally brings Siri to the Mac and is Apple’s latest and greatest operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
It was also a huge relief for us because we’ve been sprinting for weeks to bring you three books about Apple’s new operating systems so you can have guides by your side as you install the updates and explore the new features.
Joe Kissell focuses on helping 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 else) in Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course, and Josh Centers completes the set with his comprehensive iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course.
Each book is for sale on its own, but since Apple is integrating macOS and iOS ever more tightly with Siri, the Universal Clipboard, and Desktop and Documents folder syncing, we’d encourage you to collect ‘em all with 30% bundle discounts. If you want to get started instantly by putting books in your cart, you can:
- • Buy all three books for just $28
- • Buy both Crash Courses for $21
- • Buy both Sierra books for $17.50
(If you bought one of these books for Yosemite, El Capitan, iOS 8, or iOS 9, check your email for your upgrade offer or click the Ebook Extras link in your book.)
And if you want to learn more about each book, read on!
Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra, by Joe Kissell (98 pages, $10)
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*, $15)
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 shortly after the official release of Sierra.
iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course, by Josh Centers (143 pages, $15)
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, plus 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…
-Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers