Among the announcements made by Apple at WWDC 2014 was a really impressive new feature called Continuity. It's perfect for those who own both a Mac and an iPad or iPhone, because your devices will now be able to talk to each other seamlessly.
"Apple products have always been designed to work together beautifully," says Apple on its website. "But now they may really surprise you. With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, you'll be able to do more wonderful things than ever before." No kidding, Apple.
What is Apple Continuity?
Apple Continuity is a new feature coming to your Mac, iPad and iPhone later this year, when iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are released. Now, when you're working on your Mac, your devices around you in proximity will be aware of each other and aware of what you're doing.
You'll be able to start writing an email, browsing Safari, working in Numbers, route planning in Maps and more on your iPad or iPhone, and pick up right where you left off as soon as you sit down at your Mac, because your Apple devices will be in communication with one another when they're close together.
It works in the other direction, too. If you're composing an email on your iPhone and you walk up to your Mac, Mail on the Dock will show you that you're composing a message on your iPhone and that you can click to pick up on it right on your Mac.
Apple is letting developers build this feature, which it's calling 'Handoff,' into their apps, so it won't just be Apple-designed apps that'll have this functionality.
Apple is making hotspots easier than ever, too. If you're using your Mac and you're away from WiFi, your Mac will detect that your phone is nearby and allow you to automatically set up a hotspot and connect to it without having to enter a password. And this will work, even if your phone is across the room. You'll need to make sure your carrier allows hotspot WiFi sharing from your iPhone first, though.
For those of you with friends that use mobile phones that are not running iOS, you'll now be able to get their SMS messages on your Mac. You'll be able to send them from your Mac, and your iPad, too. What's more, you'll even be able to receive phone calls on your Mac and use your Mac as a speakerphone. This works even if your iPhone is across the house, charging, for example.
You can dial out from your Mac, too, straight from Contacts or a webpage.
Additional announcements that add to the communication between the Mac and iOS devices include AirDrop, which now works across all Apple devices, as well as iCloud Drive, a new, improved version of iCloud.
We'll bring you more information about Apple Continuity and the other WWDC 2014 announcements soon. For more of Apple's WWDC 2014 announcements, follow the links below: