Take Control of macOS Sierra and iOS 10

iOS 10—Apple’s latest and greatest operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch—was released on 14 September 2016. September 20th marks the release of macOS 10.12 Sierra, which finally brings Siri to the Mac, among much else.

TidBITS editor 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:

(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.)

Take Control of Upgrading to Sierra

tc-upgrading-to-sierra-coverAuthor Joe Kissell (98 pages, US$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…

Upgrade Paths:
The book covers upgrading from 10.11 El Capitan all the way back to 10.6 Snow Leopard, along with upgrading from the Sierra public beta.

Hardware Requirements for macOS Sierra:
Sierra no longer supports Mac models introduced before late 2009, whereas El Capitan could run on most mid-2007 and newer models. Macs that can run Sierra include the following:
iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)

Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course

tc-sierra-crash-course-coverAuthor Scholle McFarland (v1.0 100 pages*, US$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 publishers plan to provide a free v1.1 update to the book once macOS Sierra is released.

iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course

tc-ios10-crash-course-coverAuthor Josh Centers (143 pages, US$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…

Hardware Requirements for iOS 10: 
Minimum hardware requirements for running iOS 10 are the iPhone 5, iPad mini 2, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and sixth-generation iPod touch or later.

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