Preface - iPad and iPhone Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for iOS 7 (2014)

iPad and iPhone Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for iOS 7 (2014)


Welcome to iPad and iPhone Kung Fu, the only title you need to get the very best from iOS 7—the latest major release of Apple’s mobile operating system.

What This book Is

iPad and iPhone Kung Fu squeezes out every possible tip, trick, hint, and hack there is—and then squeezes some more to reveal a substantial number of secrets.

No other book has the same drive to help you boost productivity, save time, and simply do things the best way possible when using an Apple handheld device running iOS 7—all while having fun, of course.

Each of the 300+ tips in this book meets one or more of the following criteria:

· It is genuinely useful for newcomers and old hands alike.

· It will substantially improve the way you use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

· It shows the amazing things that can be done with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

Many of the tips are blockbusters, but not all of them are. Some point out very subtle tricks. But even these will change the way you work and play.

Who This Book Is For

The tips in this book are good for users of any of the following Apple handhelds:

· iPad Air

· iPad Mini (both Retina and non-Retina)

· iPad (both Retina and non-Retina)

· iPhone 5s, 5c, and 5

· iPhone 4 and 4s

· iPod Touch (fifth generation)

Importantly, for the sake of convenience throughout the book we refer simply to the iPad or iPhone. When seeing “iPad” you should read “iPad Air, iPad, and iPad Mini”; when seeing “iPhone” you should read “iPhone and iPod Touch.”

How to Read This Book

In a nutshell, iPad and iPhone Kung Fu is a big book of tips. As such, I don’t recommend any particular way of reading it. You don’t need to be using your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch while you read. The whole point of iPad and iPhone Kung Fu is that you can jump in anywhere. Start at the beginning, or start in the middle. You could even start at the end and work your way to the front. Just start reading. If you find a tip you like, then try it!

The tips were written for the version 7 release of iOS, Apple’s operating system for portable devices. That isn’t to say many won’t work on previous releases of iOS. However, we have tested the tips only against iOS 7, and some terminology changed in this release. If you do intend to use the book with an older release, some common sense will go a long way.


If you’d like to share some of the tips from this book on your blog, then feel free. It’s unlikely my publisher will be too happy if you take liberties, but sharing a couple of tips you’ve found useful can only be a good thing. If you do, it would be great if you could mention the book and provide a link to the book’s official web page—see below.