Series: How to Do Everything (Book 2)
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (January 29, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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I went with this new second edition, 2014 to replace my first edition. I expected it to cover the changes with Yosemite, iOS 8 and iCloud Drive. Even the cover refers to the "latest features". However it is written for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7. So much for the latest. A waste of my money in 2014.
Even though this is the latest edition of this book, it was published before OS X Yoesemite was released. Therefore, it does not include the iCloud changes that were incorporated into Yosemite, like the iCloud Drive. Unfortunately, these are major omissions.That being said, the book is a good introduction to the iCloud. As another reviewer said, it does not have the depth of Pogue's Missing Manual series. I would recommend the Missing Manuals if you really want to get into OS X Yosemite and the iCloud. If you buy that book you won't need this one.
Due to a variety of circumstances, I decided to start using iCloud instead of my work computer to back up my iPad. Rich's book made it clear what I needed to do and what I could expect. I don't have any other Apple products, so I'm not using all the features of iCloud. But if I do end up using them, I'll definitely use this book as a guide.
This book has a lot to offer and some repetition in a technical book is important. However, in this book the repetition is excessive. Almost like the copy and paste was too easy to do. The book could be 1/4 of the size. If it had a first chapter "Read This First" much of the problem would be solved. When I read that the iCloud works with your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and/or Apple TV many, many times, I really got turned off and lost the important information that was included.
It is a good book, but it takes a lot of reading and re-reading, simply because the concept of iCloud is high tech and it is a bunch to absorb, but the information is there, but getting it out of the book and into that area between your ears can be daunting.
The first thing I want to say is, 'everyone' with a computer should know how to access the cloud. It's easy to understand and is great for almost everyone.
OK as a basic reference but the David Pogue "Missing Manual" books are far better.
A bit dated for the current version of iCloud. Go to kCloud third edition.
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