There was a lot talked about at WWDC this past Monday. With the announcement of iOS 8 and Yosemite, there was a lot to digest. However, one announcement stood above the rest, and will make the lives of those out there with both an iOS device and a Mac much easier and seamless.
The announcement was around a new feature call Continuity. The idea of Continuity is that your iPhone, iPad and Mac can all be interchangeable in many ways. Here are the features that make Continuity so great.
Ever miss a phone call while you’re working on your Mac, because your iPhone is in another room or buried in your bag? With Continuity between iOS 8 and Mac OS Yosemite, when your devices are in proximity to one-another, they will communicate. In this scenario, when your phone rings, if your Mac is nearby, or your iPad, you can receive and make phone calls from your other devices that aren’t your iPhone. Here is how Apple describes it:
“Now you can make and receive iPhone calls right on your Mac. When your iPhone rings, you’ll get a notification on your Mac showing you the caller’s name, number, and profile picture. Click the notification to answer, and your Mac becomes a speakerphone. You can also decline the call or respond with a quick iMessage. Making a phone call from Mac is just as easy. Just click a phone number you see in Contacts, Calendar, Messages, or Safari. Dial in to a conference call from a Calendar event, and your Mac automatically enters the passcode for you. And if your iPhone rings while it’s charging in the bedroom, you can answer the call on your Mac in the living room — they just have to be on the same Wi‑Fi network. Because it works with your existing iPhone number, there’s nothing to set up. Just point, click, and say hello.”
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It is a bit of a hassle to turn on your hotspot feature on your iPhone or iPad and have your Mac connect to it. With Continuity, that gets a lot easier. When your phone is nearby, just go to your WiFi options on your Mac and you’ll see the phone, click on it and you’re connected! Here is more from Apple:
“No Wi‑Fi? No problem. Your Mac can automatically use the personal hotspot on your iPhone when they’re within range of each other. No setup is required. Your iPhone will automatically appear in the Wi‑Fi menu on your Mac — just select it to turn on your hotspot. Your Mac even displays the signal strength and battery life of your iPhone. When your Mac isn’t using your phone’s network, it intelligently disconnects to save battery life. And you never have to take your iPhone out of your pocket or bag.”
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Ever work on an email or a Pages document on your iPhone or iPad, but would like to go to your Mac and finish what you’re putting together? Now with Continuity, it has never been easier. When you are working on a file on your iPad, you can click an indicator on the Finder icon and resume immediately on our Mac! It works the same way vice-versa as well! Check out how Apple describes it:
“When your Mac and iOS devices are near each other, they can automatically pass whatever you’re doing from one device to another. Say you start writing a report on your Mac, but you want to continue on your iPad as you head to your meeting. Handoff lets you switch over and pick up instantly where you left off. Or maybe you start writing an email on your iPhone, but you want to finish it on your Mac. You can do that, too. Handoff works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. And app developers can easily build Handoff into their apps.”
SMS on any Apple device
One great thing about having an iPhone is iMessage. Being able to message back-and-forth with other iPhone friends is great, because you can continue your conversation on a Mac or iPad. The downside is your non-iPhone friends will be sending and receiving SMS messages, or the “green bubble” friends, and you can’t continue those conversations on another iDevice. Well, with the addition of Continuity, when your phone is nearby you can pick up those conversations now on Mac or iPad – just like iMessages! No longer do you have worry about juggling devices if you are carrying on multiple message conversations. Here’s more from Apple:
“With OS X Yosemite and an iPhone running iOS 8, you can send and receive SMS and MMS text messages right from your Mac. So when friends text you — regardless of what phone they have — you can respond from whichever device is closest. All the messages that appear on your iPhone now appear on your Mac, too. You can also initiate a text message conversation on your Mac by clicking a phone number in Safari, Contacts, or Calendar.”
Those new features are going to Mac using an Apple device so much better. To be able to jump from an iPhone to an iPad or a Mac will make a lot of peoples lives a lot easier.
Mac OS X Yosemite will be out this fall! To check out the other features of Yosemite, click here!
To check out the updates come in iOS 8, click here!