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Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To

Author: Sea Serpent
Published: February 26, 2013 at 9:18 am
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Just got yourself a new iPad? Don't really know how to use it, but impatient to learn how? Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To, the quick-start book written by Renee Valdez, will introduce you to the iPad in a way that will get you up and running.

First, you become acquainted with new iOS 6 features, and the apps that are already included in your iPad. Then you learn how to set up your email accounts in your iPad's settings, use the Mail app, and add an iCloud.com email address. Subsequent sections cover importing PDFs into iBooks and downloading from the iBookstore; editing and sharing photos using Photo Stream and iPhoto; capturing, editing, and sharing footage using iMovie; creating and recording music using different instruments in GarageBand; and using the iWork apps Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, and sharing and syncing documents between them.

Be prepared to spend money if your iPad doesn't already have the last six apps. As of this writing, the prices of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers have been raised from $4.99 to $9.99.

One of my favorite things about this book (which is divided into sections, not chapters) is the way Renee Valdez marked each recipe in the table of contents "Must know," "Should know," or "Become an expert." This helps readers tailor their iPad use to their specific needs — especially different media needs — and determine how basic or how advanced they want their iPad knowledge to be.

This book does not only do a good job teaching novices the iPad; it does a great job showcasing the different uses of media the iPad offers. Artists, musicians, designers, and media professionals like Renee Valdez, who is a producer at MTV's Comedy Central, should especially find it helpful. One thing I wish the book discussed a little more was the App Store, since there are so many other iPad apps out there readers might want to explore. Other than this, I found Instant New iPad Features in iOS 6 How-To a very useful hands-on guide.

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When she's not reviewing tech books and writing tutorials here, Sea Serpent Design illustrates and sells greeting cards and gifts online, and does responsive web design, front-end web development, and other types of interactive media.

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