This has to be the feature that I’m most interested in for version 10.10 of OS X – Continuity. What is this Continuity about? What it does is, it allows you to make phone calls or send SMS text on your Mac or iPad using the iPhone as a proxy.
This is an example of Continuity working. The incoming call comes in and I get it on my Mac and iPad Mini. I can pick up the all from any of the devices.
This is the SMS on my Mac, relayed from my iPhone. Specifically in this screenshot, I’m getting my OTP for internet banking. I can simply copy and paste the OTP into my browser instead of having to read it off the phone and typing it in my browser. My phone could be in my pocket, or charging at the wall socket and I can still get my SMS.
So, what are the pre-requisites for this to work?
1. First of all, you need OS X 10.10 (Yosemite Beta). I have an iOS developer account, so I get a preview of Yosemite.
2. You need to have iOS 8 on the mobile devices. Again, this is from the developer account.
3. All the devices have to be on the same WiFi network
4. All the devices have to support Bluetooth Low Energy aka Bluetooth 4.0.
5. This is very important – Yosemite has to be updated to Preview 5 minimum for Continuity to work. I didn’t get this from the release note. It’s simply that I couldn’t get Continuity to work until I updated my OS X to Preview 5.
This is an interesting development for the Apple eco-system. When OS 10.9 (Maverick) was released, Apple was clear that they were trying to integrate the mobile and desktop experience. I couldn’t really feel it except for some of the cosmetic and behavioural changes.
With Continuity and other new features on OS X 10.10, the integration has gotten tighter. OS X and iOS are becoming ONE. :) My guess is that enterprise collaboration could be next thing Apple is going after.