by Gary Woods
If you've been around Apple products for a while you've seen how the desktop and handheld devices are slowly moving closer together. At the recent World Wide Developers Conference Apple announced several features of IOS 8 and OSX Yosemite which make that march into similarity even more evident. The feature that I found most interesting is called Continuity and makes Handing Off from your iPad or iPhone to your Mac even more seamless.
What it does is dynamically recognize when two devices are close together and it lets you continue work you started on one device on a second device. For example, let's say you've been editing a document on your iPad and decide to sit down at your Mac. There will be an alert pop up appear on your Mac's screen. If you click the alert the document will appear and you can continue writing where you left off.
Continuity also includes phone calls. If you're talking on your iPhone and sit down at your Mac you have the option of continuing the call on your computer. You can even place a call from your computer or tablet if your iPhone is in another room and then continue that call on the iPhone. The browser is another application that will hand off from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad. If you're looking at something on your device and go to your Mac Safari will show you right where you were on the handheld.
When first released the Handoff feature will work with native iOS apps such as Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar and Contacts. Plus, developers can also add the feature to third party Apps.
Continuity will make your computing life a lot more transparent and even a lot more fun.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc