Thursday, June 5, 2014

Continuity in a Nutshell: The Scoop (WWDC 2014)

At WWDC, Apple announced something really cool. It's called continuity and it lets all your Apple products live in harmony.


iPhone and iPad using Handoff with Safari
Let's say you're surfing the web on your iPhone (iOS 8 required) and you sit down at your Mac (OS X Yosemite required). Your Mac notices the proximity between the phone and itself, so it shows a special icon in the dock that allows you to pick up where you left off on your iPhone. This works with all kinds of apps including Numbers, Mail, and third-party apps with the API.

Calling and Texting with iPad and Mac:

If you have an iPhone and a Mac or iPad, then you know that calls (not FaceTimes) and texts (SMS, not iMessages) don't get pushed to those devices. Until now! Your iPhone can now work as a relay device for other devices. You can text from your iPad to an Android or call a friend using a Mac.

Instant Hotspot:

For those who have personal hotspots on their iPhones, this is for you. Normally, for a Mac or iPad to connect to the iPhone's network, one would have to turn on their iPhone's hotspot, then connect using the iOS device or Mac, and then type in a password. But now, Mac and iPad can connect to the iPhone with just a click or tap. No need to turn on a hotspot, just connect and iPhone will turn it on for you. When you're not using internet, but are still connected, it'll disconnect to save battery life.

That's it for today, but be sure to keep checking Tech Talk 4 Geeks for more news, tips, and rumors. In the next few days, there should be some more WWDC news. Then, next week, E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is here. So stay tuned for a plethora of tech news!

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