iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training
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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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Video: Web browsing with Safari

In this chapter, we're going to look at using iOS's built-in browser, Safari, to surf the web. And we'll see some other cool tricks you can do while you're surfing around on the internet. Let's begin with a quick tour around Safari. You launch Safari by tapping its icon. And now we're looking at a new blank browser window. If you've had Safari open before, you'll most likely see the last page you were browsing when you re-open it. But let's start our tour at the top of the screen and work our way down. First we have the address bar, which is where you enter the URL or address of the website you want to visit. Just tap on the field once and then type the address you want to visit.
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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 30s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 59s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling iTunes Radio
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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Get the most out of your new iPhone or iPad. In this course, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPad: making and receiving calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing your time, getting around town, taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. Plus, learn how to install any one of the thousands of apps from the App Store and extend the functionality of your device. Garrick devotes time to the new features in iOS 7, including iCloud Keychain, Control Center, AirDrop, and new Photos organization. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPad so they behave as expected. We also include an extensive section on troubleshooting help when the occasional glitches happen.

Topics include:
  • What's new in iOS 7?
  • Accessing Control Center
  • Setting up an Apple ID
  • Learning finger gestures
  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Syncing music, movies, photos, contacts, and calendars with your computer
  • Making and receiving phone calls
  • Setting up email
  • Surfing the web with Safari
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Finding directions with Maps
  • Setting up events, reminders, and alarms
  • Using Siri to voice control your device
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Web browsing with Safari

In this chapter, we're going to look at using iOS's built-in browser, Safari, to surf the web. And we'll see some other cool tricks you can do while you're surfing around on the internet. Let's begin with a quick tour around Safari. You launch Safari by tapping its icon. And now we're looking at a new blank browser window. If you've had Safari open before, you'll most likely see the last page you were browsing when you re-open it. But let's start our tour at the top of the screen and work our way down. First we have the address bar, which is where you enter the URL or address of the website you want to visit. Just tap on the field once and then type the address you want to visit.

For example, I want to visit So, I'll type Lynda, and like most web browsers these days, Safari opens some suggestions while I'm typing. If any of these match what I was looking for, I can just tap them to immediately perform a Google search. But in this case I want to go to which isn't showing up under the suggestions. Now if you've used a previous version of iOS, you might be used to having a .com button here on the keyboard which was a nice shortcut so you didn't have to type that part out. Here is iOS 7, you still have that ability, but it's hidden in the period button. All you have to do is hold down on the period button.

And up pops a menu with the most common web suffixes. You can see .com is automatically highlighted, so I don't even have to slide up to select it. I just release my finger, and it's added to the address I was typing. Now, if I needed any of the other suffixes, I could have selected the from the menu. You can see I added .com twice there, so let's delete that. But as you can see, .com is the default. Now, if you have international keyboard activated, as we saw how to do earlier, the corresponding domains will show up, too. So for example, if you have the Chinese keyboard on, you'll see .hk, .tw, and so on.

But I want to go to so with it typed in there, I'll tap Go. So now I'm looking at on my iPhone. So the address bar is where you type in the address of the web pages you want to visit. But now in iOS 7, it's also where you perform searches. Anything that you type in here that doesn't include a .com or other suffix automatically ends up as a Google search. So if I clear the address in here by tapping this x button. And just search for lynda. Notice it's already filling out the .com for me there. I'm just going to delete that for this example. And I tap Go, I get a list of Google results.

And I can click the top result here to end up at the homepage again. Now, Safari in iOS 7 is designed to be minimalistic. Notice as soon as I start scrolling. The address bar shrinks down and the buttons at the bottom of the screen disappear. And that dedicates the majority of your screen to the page you're browsing. Tapping in the address bar area brings it back to full size and also pulls the buttons up at the bottom of the screen. Also located in the address bar is the Refresh button, which is used to manually reload the page. I'll tap that. And notice, while the page is reloading, it turns into an x, which is the stop button.

So while it's reloading, I can tap x to stop it from reloading. I'm going to go ahead and reload it now. Now,, like many sites these days, has been optimized to detect mobile browsers. So it defaults to our mobile site on the iPhone. If you're using an iPad, you'll usually get the full versions of sites that have a mobile version. Since there's more screen space available on the iPad. But not every site optimizes for mobile devices. For example, let's go to On Apple's site, you generally get one web experience regardless of the device you're using. So I'll tap, to learn more about the iPhone 5C.

And, for this example, I'm going pinch out to zoom in on the page, so I can tap Text Specs here. Now, I think you'll agree it's not very easy to read the page at this size. Most web pages are designed to be viewed on computer monitors, which are wider than they are tall and we're currently browsing the iPhone in portrait mode. You might find it easier to flip phone to landscape view, but one thing about landscape view is that you might find it more difficult to comfortably hold the phone, or iPod Touch for a long time in that mode. So let's flip it back to portrait, and I'll show you few other ways you can make web pages easier to read. Now as you might expect and as you've already seen, you can pinch out and drag.

To re-size and position the column of text you want to read. But a much easier and quicker method is to simply double tap the column of text you want to read. And just like that it's re-sized and re-positioned perfectly on your screen. And I think you'll agree that the text is much easier to read at this size. Double tapping the text again, zoom backs out to the page width view. Now I mentioned in other movies that tapping at the top of the screen will immediately scroll you back to the top of the page you're viewing. Here in Safari it actually takes two taps, as we've seen one tap at the top brings the address bar back up to size then you can tap above it to scroll back up.

All right now let's look at the buttons across the bottom of the screen. The angled bracket on the lower left is the Back button. And that works just like the Back button on any other web browser. Tap it to go back to the previous page. Notice it remembered the magnification I was viewing this page at. Now once you've gone back the Forward button becomes available. You can tap it to go to the page you were just on. But as we saw, the button bar disappears when you're scrolling in the page you're viewing. Instead of having to tap to reveal the back and forward buttons you can swipe right and left to go back and forward. If you have trouble with this just make sure you're swiping from the very edge of the screen on either side.

All right, the center button at the bottom is the Share button, and we've seen this in action before. It gives you several options for sharing, printing, copying or saving the content of the page you’re on. We’ll come back to this area a little bit later. The next button is for adding bookmarks and viewing your history. Which are a pretty robust set of a features so we’ll look at them and their own upcoming movie as well. And the final button on the lower right of the screen is the Pages button. Sometimes you want to visit another website or webpage without losing the page you're currently viewing. Just tap the Pages button, and here you can tap the plus button. And that generates another new blank browser page.

I'll tap on the address field, let's go to again. Since it fills it out for me, I can just tap Go. Now, in previous versions of iOS, you were limited to having eight pages open at once. Here in iOS 7, you can open as many as you like. Now, another scenario in which you might want to open a new window is if you want to follow a link on a web page, but again without closing the current page. So, for example, maybe here at, I want to tap this New Releases link. But I want to stay here on the homepage as well. All I have to do is hold down on that link, and after a second, some options appear. I'm going to select Open in New Page.

And you can see that generates a new page and loads the linked page. Now if you didn't see that Open in New Page button, your button might have said instead open in background. That's an option you can set by going to settings. Safari, and here under Open Links, you can choose whether the links you hold down on open in a new page, meaning the page will be immediately visible, or in the background, meaning the page will load behind the page you're currently viewing and you can switch to it when you're ready. So for example, I'll switch it to in background, now go back to Safari And I'll hold down on another link, and now I can tap Open in Background.

And you should have noticed that little animation there. So now when I'm done reading this page, I can switch to the one I opened in the background. Now, if you want to close any of these open pages, you can either tap the X button on page, or just swipe it away to the left. Even if you only have one page open, you can still tap the Pages button and tap the x to close it or swipe it away, leaving you with just a single blank browser page. Let me show you two more settings that apply to what I've shown you in this movie. Here under the Safari settings under Search Engine, you can switch from the Google search engine to either Yahoo or Bing.

This is all a matter of preference, though. And here under Smart Search Field, if, for some reason, you don't want suggestions to pop up while you're typing in the address bar, you can turn off search suggestions. Safari also preloads the top hit for your search by default, meaning, when you perform the search, it's loading the page in the background so it shows up instantaneously when you tap the link. This is useful if you frequently end up picking the top result. If you usually go for other results or if you want to save yourself the band width and not have to load pages you might not want, just turn that option off here under Preload Top Hit. Okay, so that's the basics of loading and browsing web pages in Safari.

In the rest of this chapter, we'll look at other things you can do while using Safari to surf the web.

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