Take Control Tackles Catalina and iOS 13

Originally published at: https://tidbits.com/2019/08/30/take-control-tackles-catalina-and-ios-13/

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Apple will undoubtedly be announcing ship dates for macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13 at its September 10th event, but you can start preparing for the upgrade and what’s new with three new books from Take Control.

Take Control is going to be very useful for getting used to iPadOS - thank you.

Update: I see you have effectively answered this question in another post (TV app probably won’t work as I had hoped) but I will leave it here for reference

The “Using File app” section of TCo iOS/iPadOS 13 does not currently give examples of accessing files on USB drive. Can it play video files from the USB drive (say via the TV app)?
This would allow me to travel with the iPad and play movies etc offline without being limited by the iPad’s internal storage capacity - Something that Android has supported for years.

Happy holiday over there…

This is something I want to keep an eye on after iOS 13’s release. As of right now, I don’t know of any media player that can directly access content from the Files app. For instance, this OSXDaily article suggests copying media files from Files to VLC to play them back. Maybe iOS 13 provides a way to do that, but I’m not aware of it.

Shouldn’t it be “iPhoneOS” & “iPadOS”? When the iPad was released, “iPhoneOS” dropped the iPhone part since the same OS was supposed to be used on both iDevices. When the TV and Watch came out, Apple renamed their subsets of iOS to reflect each device, so with the iPad subset of iOS removed and named after that device, iOS should revert back to iPhoneOS. Or does iOS still retain the iPad subset?

Apple gets to say what its products are called, and that’s iOS and iPadOS.

Since iOS runs on both the iPhone and iPod touch, it doesn’t make sense to call it iPhoneOS again, not to mention the fact that it’s an awkward name.

iPadOS is an awkward name too, but Apple is trying to separate the iPad from the iPhone in both technical and marketing ways. The main confusion for those of us who write about Apple products is that iPadOS is a mostly a superset of iOS, so if you want to talk about a common feature, it makes sense to just say “iOS.”

Even that’s not perfect, since there are iOS features, like the Watch app, that exist only on the iPhone and not on either the iPad or the iPod touch.

I thought the iPod line was totally dead; who would waste money one when there are a ton of cheap older iPhones that work just fine as an “iPod”. I know because I used my old iPhone 3GS to replace my iPod 5G.

Apple released an update to the iPod Touch this past spring.

We covered this just a few months ago.