Continuity features in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1

Continuity features in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1

With the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1, the much touted Continuity features are now a reality and in the hands of users. Continuity are features that work seamlessly across your Mac and iOS devices. Continuity allows you compose a document in Pages on your iPad, and immediately continue to work on the same document on your Mac. It also lets you answer call and messages of your iPhone via iPad and Mac. Here are the new Continuity features in the first release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1:

1. Handoff: Handoff allows you to pick up where you left off working with apps in a different device. Compose an email in iPhone, then continue to complete the email on your iPad or Mac. Native and Apple apps such as Mail, Pages, Numbers, Keynote support handoff.  And the technology is available for third-party developers to adopt this feature to their apps.

2. Call Answering: You can make and receive iPhone calls from any supported Mac and iOS devices.

3. SMS Relay: You can always send and receive iMessages on multiple Mac/iOS devices. Continuity adds the ability to also send and receive iPhone SMS text messages from any supported Mac and iOS devices.

4. Instant Hotspot: Instant Hotspot allows you to connect to your iPhone or cellular iPad’s Personal Hotspot for Internet access seamlessly, without any configuration and password. It requires hotspot service enabled by your cellular carrier.

Continuity requires Mac running OS X Yosemite and iOS device running iOS 8.1. But Handoff and Instant Hotspot are limited to the following devices (Source: Apple support page):

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
  • iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus
  • iPhone 4s (only for sharing iPhone calls)
  • iPad (4th gen), iPad Air, iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini 3
  • iPod touch (5th generation)

If your Mac or iOS device supports Continuity, the features are enabled by default. Ensure that the devices are near to each other, in the same Wi-Fi network and with Bluetooth switched on. All your devices must also be logged into iCloud using the same Apple ID.