Con­ti­nu­ity and Hand­off

Mac Format - - YOSEMITE TIPS -

Con­ti­nu­ity is Ap­ple’s um­brella term for a num­ber of fea­tures in Yosemite, all of which make it eas­ier to share stuff be­tween your Mac and iOS de­vices.

Per­haps the most ex­cit­ing el­e­ment is Hand­off. This is a fea­ture that al­lows you to start work­ing (when writ­ing an email, for in­stance) in the Mail app on your Mac and con­tinue it on your iPad or iPhone. You can do this with­out hav­ing to save the work first or fig­ure out how to move it from one de­vice to another.

When­ever you have a Hand­off-com­pat­i­ble app run­ning on your iPad or iPhone, and it’s close by, the app’s icon ap­pears to the left of the Mac’s Dock. The other way around, the icon of the Mac app ap­pears on the iOS de­vice’s Lock screen and at the very left-hand side of the app switcher. Click on the icon on your Mac and it opens the equiv­a­lent ap­pli­ca­tion, com­plete with the doc­u­ment you were work­ing on on your iPhone or iPad. On the iOS de­vice, tap the icon and it opens the iOS app with the doc­u­ment ready for you.

Con­ti­nu­ity also in­cludes the fea­tures in Mes­sages that al­low you to send and re­ceive SMS mes­sages, and in FaceTime, where you can make and re­ceive phone calls from your Mac.

For th­ese to work your iPhone needs to be close by and con­nected to the same Wi-Fi net­work in the first place. Take note that you’ll need to up­grade your iPhone to iOS 8.1 to use the SMS re­lay in Mes­sages.

iOS 8.1 with Yosemite also al­lows you to use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for your Mac, although your mo­bile net­work dic­tates whether this fea­ture is al­lowed.

The third el­e­ment of Con­ti­nu­ity is Air­Drop. Pre­vi­ously it was only pos­si­ble to Air­Drop files be­tween Macs or be­tween iOS de­vices, now you can go one fur­ther and share them from Mac to iOS de­vice or vice versa.

Con­ti­nu­ity pulls some clever be­hind-thescenes tricks us­ing Blue­tooth 4 and Wi-Fi, but this means it won’t work on ev­ery Mac that runs Yosemite. You’ll need a Mac with Blue­tooth 4 (which means any­thing re­leased be­fore the Mac­Book Air mid-2011 won’t work). The Mac­Book Air mid-2011 and Mac mini mid-2011 both have Blue­tooth 4, but the iMac and Mac­Book Pro didn’t get it un­til 2012.

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