08 January 2014
The fourth edition of iPad for the Older and Wiser has just been published, updated by Mark Hattersley.
This new edition covers the latest generation of the iPad, the iPad Air and iPad Mini, and also updates the book for iOS7, the latest version of the iPad software.
iOS7 has a more modern look to it than previous versions of the software. I wonder whether the old stationery graphics (the fake paper in Notes, and the fake leather and paper in Calendar) were one of the things that made the iPad approachable for so many people, including those in the older and wiser audience, many of whom skipped getting a desktop computer and went straight to the iPad. There are a few things that niggle me about the new software, such as the removal of the '.com' key on the keyboard which I was using a lot (you can tap and hold the full stop key, but that's slower), and the limit of having 9 icons in a folder shown at once. Over time you get used to these changes, though. The new design is an attempt to fight competition from Android and other devices, so it will be interesting to see if the more modern look helps the iPad to sustain its market share.
Thank you to Mark Hattersley and the team at Wiley for their work on this edition, to Rosemary Hattersley for her work on the previous edition, and to everyone who has supported the book so far by buying it or reviewing it. The iPad is a fantastic piece of technology, and I'm delighted that the book has been helping so many people to get the most out of it.