“If you have the latest Mac and the latest iPhone or iPad running Apple’s latest OSes, and if you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, the new Continuity features work like magic,” Iljitsch van Beijnum reports for Ars Technica. “What powers that magic?”
“A wide range of network options, including Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE), peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, regular local networking, and iCloud/iMessage,” van Beijnum reports. “Each aspect of Continuity actually picks and chooses from these connectivity options, sometimes using more than one.”
“We looked at Continuity while both iOS and OS X were in beta. Now that they are out, we’ve gone back and tested what the released version can accomplish,” van Beijnum reports. “I think this is a complete list of what the current version of Continuity can do, as well as a couple of similar features that Apple doesn’t cover under the ‘Continuity’ umbrella:”
• Handoff, AirDrop, and more will bridge the device gap—if your hardware is up to it.
• Let Macs and iPads send and receive SMSes if you have an iPhone
• Let Macs (and iPads?) make and answer phone calls through an iPhone
• AirDrop files between devices
• AirPlay to an Apple TV
• Remotely control a Keynote presentation
• Start work on one device and Handoff to another in Safari, Maps, Contacts, Notes, Reminders, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, as well as third-party applications in the future
• Set up an Instant Hotspot
van Beijnum writes, “Let’s take a look at the various network requirements behind each feature.”
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