OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 Continuity: What you need to know

“Apple’s promised Continuity feature will bind OS X Yosemite with iOS 8, enabling integration between Macs and mobile devices for compatible apps,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “So what is Continuity and what can you expect?”

“Continuity allows iOS devices and Macs to work together enabling either platform to: Make or answer phone calls; Send and receive SMS and iMessages; Personal Hotspot (zero configuration tethering); [and] Handoff,” Evans writes. “Handoff means you can start a document on an iPad, work on it on your Mac, and then perhaps complete it on your iPhone — the file will be right where you need it and fully updated.”

“When you log in using your Apple ID the magic happens. Launch a compatible app on one device and a link will appear on all your other devices. Tap this link and you can continue working on the same material,” Evans writes. “Apple has also made it easy for third-party developers to build Handoff support into their apps. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft implements this in Office, as that would be the killer feature for enterprise users Apple will now attract subsequent to its alliance with IBM.”

Read more in the full article here.

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Why Apple’s Continuity for Mac, iPad, and iPhone is great for investors – June 4, 2014
Continuity: Apple is now moving in new directions and beyond where Steve Jobs might have gone – June 3, 2014
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Apple releases iOS 8 SDK with over 4,000 new APIs – June 2, 2014
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Apple announces OS X Yosemite for Macintosh – June 2, 2014


  1. Microsoft will do what they always do… They will sit on their ass and ignore Continuity, and then arrive to the party several years late, and long after Mac and iOS users have moved on to better productivity software solutions. Office 2011 is starting to show its age, especially their crappy implementation of Outlook for the Mac. In the end, I don’t give a rat’s ass if Microsoft ever updates their bloatware to incorporate Continuity into their products. The world needs to ditch Microsoft Office, and move on to better things.

    1. MS will not do anything with Continuity anytime soon. They will build into Windows 9 their version of Continuity. Around Service Pack 3 they will get to work with MS Office 365 (3-5 years). They will then force corporations to upgrade there desktops (another 3-5 years). At that time they will realize that their Continuity strategy is not working so they will add their Continuity into MS Office 365 for iPad.

      I should say that MS is not alone in playing the propitiatory game. Our beloved Apple is growing so well because they play the game so well. The one difference is Apple has the original idea. The others copy Apple.

      Apple is not always perfect out of the gate but they listen and address many of the issues very quickly (Maps) or redesign the product (.MAC->.me->.icloud).

  2. I thought the messaging thing for Continuity was for Apple Mail and iOS Mail – not iMessages or SMS text messages. Could be wrong though.

  3. I was wrong, Messaging for SMS/iMessages is meant to be included, per the article linked to above (and undoubtedly at Apple’s own site).

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