By Weary Mouse, 5 December, 2013
iOS and iPadOS
In iOS 6, The user guide was bookmarked in Safari automatically. I just upgraded to iOS 7 and the bookmark is gone. At the minimum, could somebody who still has iOS 6 send me a link to where the user guide is? I was using it for things like keyboard shortcuts using an external keyboard which, I assume, have not changed in iOS 7. However, it would be nice to find the same user guide for iOS 7. All I can find our books that must be loaded into iBooks, which lack the same level of flexible navigation that the online guide had. does anyone have an idea where it is?
iOS user guide
IOS 7 User Guides in Safari and eBooks
This is copied from a recent viphone list post I made:
You can find the iPhone User Guide for iOS 7 at:http://help.apple.com/iphone/7/ If you flick to the "Table of Contents" and double tap, you can get a list of user guide topics. An alternative way to get quickly to the Accessibility section is to use the search feature, and start at the screen for "Accessibility Features", which currently has the URL:http://help.apple.com/iphone/7/?lang=en#/iph3e2e4367 You can bookmark the URL, but these URLs and links may only work on iOS devices. The Safari User Guide versions for the iPod Touch and iPad have similar syntax:• iPod Touch User Guide for iOS 7http://help.apple.com/ipodtouch/7/• iPad User Guide for iOS 7http://help.apple.com/ipad/7/ By default the guides are all in English, but there's a "Change Language" pop up button at the bottom of each page that brings up a picker item. There are also free ePub versions of these user guides in the iBooks Store:• iPhone User Guide for iOS 7https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/iphone-user-guide-for-ios-7/id709872498?mt=11• iPad User Guide for iOS 7https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-user-guide-for-ios-7/id709634245?mt=11• iPod Touch User Guide for iOS 7https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipod-touch-user-guide-for-ios-7/id709600056?mt=11 I usually add this information as an additional comment to the "Easy Access to the iOS Manual" post under the "Guides" section at the AppleVis web site, but I think that few people either find or read that post, especially since comment additions are no longer listed among the main RSS feeds and Twitter, so I haven't been updating this.
Where did all the utilities go?
In iOS 7 use the "Share" button instead of "Utilities" button
Use the "Share" button instead of the "utilities" button from iOS 6. There will be a new option to enable Air drop sharing via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, as well as all the "utilities" button options from iOS 6,
A better set of links to the iOS 7 User Guides
I'm updating this answer to give HTML links to versions of the iOS 7 user guides that you may find easier to use and navigate, with text links to all sections. These web page URLs will work from from any web browser, including on your computer.
You can find the iPhone User Guide for iOS 7 at:
http://help.apple.com/iphone/7/en.lproj/The Safari User Guide versions for the iPod Touch and iPad have similar syntax:• iPod Touch User Guide for iOS 7http://help.apple.com/ipodtouch/7/en.lproj/• iPad User Guide for iOS 7http://help.apple.com/ipad/7/en.lproj/ You may prefer this format, which is similar to the format you used under iOS 6. I don't know whether this link works equally well for iOS device users in other countries. The advantage of using the format in my earlier post is that there is a pop-up button that allows you to select another language, and there is also a "search" option when you start from:http://help.apple.com/iphone/7/ You do not have to know the two-letter code for the language when you use the pop-up button to change language. What happens is that a string with the language argument is added to the end of the URL given above. For English, this might be "?lang=en" (without the quotation marks), or:http://help.apple.com/iphone/7/?lang=en For another language, like French, the appended language argument string might be "?lang=fr". This is designed so that when a language argument is not appended, Safari on either your iOS device or on a Mac uses your system language to resolve which user guide to display, if a language is not explicitly specified. By the way, this implementation does not seem to go fully into effect until some time after the new iOS version release takes place, and may be slower to get implemented depending on the language of the guide. However, while this version of the user guide is the default format that is displayed on the iOS device, it's not the most convenient format for VoiceOver uses to access. Unlike the case for iOS 6 iPhone User Guide, I didn't find a a place where I heard "VoiceOver users double tap here" for the updated user guide URL. But you can get the accessible HTML version counterparts for the user guide by following the same format for the URL as in iOS 6. Instead of appending "?lang=en" to the end of the base URL for the user guide, change this to "en.lproj", or the link format I gave at the top:
Link navigation is much simpler in this version. For the two-letter code for many other languages, check my comment posts in the Easy access to the iOS manual thread in the Guides section. A few languages, like Chinese, have more than to letters in their language code designation (e.g., "zh_CN") to distinguish between the character types being used.