Apple manuals

Continuing the discussion from Quicken 20% price increase is just wrong:

They still do, and they are. But they’re now downloadable, not printed.

Go browse Apple’s Book store (via the Books app) and search for books by Apple Inc. There are quite a lot, including user guides for all hardware and software products. Hardware user guides include documentation for the bundled OS and apps (and are updated for new OS releases):

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Alas, for iOS devices, the full manuals are available only in the TIps app. No more Books versions starting with iOS 17. (Mac and other products are still in Books, though.)

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Was that an official announcement or they just not coming out in a timely fashion?

Even so, I’m not sure I would call the App Store manuals “beautiful.”

Well, I’m confident you’ll never see “an official announcement,” but if you look at the iOS 16 version of the iPhone User Guide in the Books Store, you’ll see a statement directing you to the Tips.app for the iOS 17 version.

Which creates something of a catch-22 when you’re seeking a user manual for an AppleTV box running tvOS 17+ and you don’t own either an iPhone or iPad! If a Mac is the only other Apple product you own, best hope it is a laptop with good WiFi in the living room, otherwise there will be lots of printing of website support pages for reference.

When I look for a manual, I start with the manuals section of the Apple Support website,, select the device or operating system, and proceed from there. In the last year, Apple has gone to a web-only presentation for all its manuals.

I intended to post the following as a new topic, but will segue here instead…

Disconcerting text changes in Photos User Guide at support.apple.com raise the question of silent or low-signal changes in software features and function.

In Sonoma, has pausing the up or down loading of photos been eliminated? Is having multiple Photo libraries gone? Are we no longer able to sync an iPhone or iPad to Mac via USB cable? The text changes in the Sonoma version vs. the prior Ventura version of this User Guide seem to suggest the answer is yes.

At best these text changes result in the elimination of helpful information that a user may not otherwise easily intuit or discover.

For example, below is just one page from the Photos guide showing the Ventura version text with [[double square brackets]] enclosing the text missing from the Sonoma version. Text added to Sonoma version is shown by ++double plus signs++. (sorry, could not figure a way to use colored text in this editor)
—Links to the actual webpages are included at the bottom of the post.

Use iCloud Photos to store photos in iCloud

With iCloud Photos, all the photos and videos in your photo library are stored in iCloud, so you can access them from your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, and on iCloud.com.

Any new photos and videos you add to Photos, [[or take with an iPhone or iPad,]] appear on all your devices that have iCloud Photos turned on. Your photos and albums are organized the same way on every device, and if you make edits or remove items, you see the changes on all your devices. And when you get a new device, iCloud Photos quickly syncs your photo library to it.

Before you begin

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Turn on iCloud Photos

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When you first turn on iCloud Photos, it can take a while to upload your photos to iCloud. You can continue to use Photos while your photos are being uploaded.

[[Tip: To temporarily pause uploading or downloading of photos and videos with iCloud Photos, click Library in the sidebar, click Days in the toolbar, then click the Pause button at the bottom of the Days view. Photos pauses uploading and downloading for 24 hours and then resumes automatically.]]

[[You can have multiple photo libraries, but iCloud Photos keeps only the photos and videos in the System Photo Library up to date. See System Photo Library overview and Designate a library as the System Photo Library.]]

++To have iCloud Photos sync photos to all your devices, use the same Apple ID to turn on iCloud Photos on all your devices.++

Stop using iCloud Photos on a Mac

You can turn off iCloud Photos on your Mac so that photos aren’t updated between your Mac and your other devices[[—for example, if you’re selling or giving away your Mac.]]

[[Important: If you turn off iCloud Photos in Photos settings, you’ll be prompted to download your photos from iCloud to your Mac. Be sure to allow time for your originals to download before turning off iCloud Photos. Once downloaded, your photos are safely stored on your Mac and available in Photos, but they are no longer transferred to your other devices.]]

  1. In the Photos app on your Mac, choose Photos > Settings, then click iCloud.

  2. Deselect the iCloud Photos checkbox.

  3. Click Download to download your photos in iCloud to your Mac, or click Remove from Mac to remove any photos and videos that have not been fully downloaded.

[[These items will still be available on your other devices that use iCloud.]]

After you turn off iCloud Photos, [[edits you make to photos on your Mac don’t appear on your other devices. New photos and videos from other Mac computers and devices aren’t transferred to your Mac.]] Your photo library remains in iCloud and available to other devices that use iCloud Photos.

[[If you don’t use iCloud Photos on your Mac, you can sync your Mac and a connected iPhone or iPad to transfer photos. See Sync photos between your Mac and iPhone or iPad.]]

Stop using iCloud Photos on all your Apple computers and devices

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[[After you set up iCloud Photos, you can share albums of photos with others. You can also create an iCloud Shared Photo Library that up to five family members and friends can collaborate on and enjoy.]]

Ventura version:

Sonoma version: