What is OS X Yosemite Handoff Feature?

We were impressed with OS X Mavericks handy iMessage sync, that allows us start thumbing out a text on our iPhone and later finish typing it out and send from our Mac computer.

This new budding relationship between our Apple products, particularly the iPhone with our iPad or Mac computer, meant we could also receive and view iMessages and images sent to our phone number on the big screen. This seamless sync was definitely one of my, if not my number one favourite Mavericks feature. It is certainly the one I use the most.

However, Apples highly anticipate OS X Yosemite system update goes one step better with its brilliant ‘Handoff’ feature.

 

What is OS X Yosemite Handoff?

OS X Yosemites Handoff feature has catapulted the relationship between the sexy iPhone and the irresistible iPad and Mac machines into a full blown affair. While the iMessage works at the same as Mavericks, OS X Yosemite allows many other programs to sync up and seamlessly transfer between your Apple products. OS X Yosemite can automatically pass over whatever task you are in the middle of, from one device to another.

 

OS X Yosemite Handoff in action…

So, for example you were up all night typing out a business report, ready for tomorrows private meeting with your boss. The morning dawns, and despite slurping grown 15 cups of black coffee, you still managed to fall asleep face down on your Mac keyboard. Desperate to avoid a written warning, with your bed hair still untamed and yesterdays socks roughly pulled on, you wrongly grab your iPad as you dash out the door to make the train. Thankfully, OS X Yosemites Handoff feature saves the day. It automatically saved your report from your Mac onto your iPad, allowing you to finish to off as you travel to work, Phew!

What is OS X Yosemite Handoff

So as you can see, OS X Yosemite Handoff can be a great tool in a deadline crisis. However, I predict you will fall in love with it and use it in your everyday tasks as well. For example, you may begin to key out an email on your iPhone, only to realise is rapidly turning into as essay. Instead of getting iPhone finger cramp, you can transfer to the comfort of your Mac keyboard and finish off and even send the same message.

OS X Yosemite Handoff

 

What Does OS X Yosemites Handoff Work With?

Helpful Handoff should work with most Apple applications. It specially designed to work with Mail, Safari, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, Maps, Messages, Calendar, Contact and Reminders. Apple have also made it quite easy for on trend app developers to code into their work, so you may even find that your Handoff works with some third party apps.

 

OS X Yosemite Handoff Not Working? Check These Points…

  • The sync can only happen when the two Apple products (or three depending on how lucky you are) are close to one another. Unfortunately this means that if you leave your laptop behind and work, you won’t be able to finish your document on your iPad at home. The devices have to at least be in the same building to cross information over.
  • This feature will only work if your Mac computer or iPad has been jazzed up with the latest OS X Yosemite update and your iPhone is fully loaded with the most recent iOS 8 version.

 

Download OS X Yosemite Pre-Release Now!

OS X Yosemite is tagged as Apples best system to date. It is due to be released this Autumn, but if you’re hopping with excitement and simply can’t wait that long, you could always become an Apple beta program member and download the OS X Yosemite pre release version. For more info, please checkout our article … ‘Test Drive OS X Yosemite Pre-Release’.

Apples OS X Yosemite Free SMS Messages!

While the mighty OS X Mavericks update brought the glorious free iMessage feature, Apples newest system update OS X Yosemite goes one step further….

OS X Mavericks iMessage was pretty grounding breaking when it hit our screen last year. Not only does it sync your Mac computer with your iPhones messages and enable you to type out a text, instead of fumbling over the tiny iPhone keypad. It also sent iMessages for free, even if you are sending it abroad, wowzer!

However, as I’m sure you discovered, iMessage had one big limitation – You could only send a free iMessage when connected to WiFi and only to another Apple iPhone. Not great if your best mate or mum have a Samsung or other brand of mobile phone.

What could possible fix this problem…? Roll on OS X Yosemite!

 

OS X Yosemite SMS Messages

OS X Yosemite smsApples highly anticipated system update OS X Yosemite, is due to rock our screens this Autumn. It is brimming with new exciting features, and I can hand on heart say, ‘I think it is the best Apple system to date’.

One feature I’m really looking forward to is OS X Yosemites SMS text message. It has all the best functions of Mavericks iMessage, minus the glaring negative… with OS X Yosemite you can now send free SMS texts.

 

os x yosemite sms messages

 

OS X Yosemite SMS Messages Benefits

  • Fixing Mavericks floor, OS X Yosemite allows you to send not just free iMessages but also free SMS texts! Say goodbye to frustrating credit topping up sessions. You will be able to send free SMS messages to people who do not own an Apple iPhone.
  • Your Mac computer and your iPhone can now sync seamlessly. This means you can start tapping out a text message on your iPhone but finish it off and send it via your Mac computer.
  • Both your iPhone and your Mac will receive incoming texts, allowing you to respond quickly from which ever device you prefer.
  • Typing out a text message is far easier and quicker to do from the comfort of your Mac computer (in my experience). If you prefer, you could send all of your messages from your Mac.
  • You can initiate text message conversations from your Mac. To do this, simply click on a contact phone number from either your Contacts, Calendar or even Safari.
  • All Apple Mac computers will work i.e. iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac Air etc, as long as they have OS X Yosemite installed.
  • All iPhone devices i.e. 3G up to the sexy iPhone 5, can link to your Mac as long as they have the iOS 8 version installed.

If you are connected to internet and so is the person you wish to contact, you can send free iMessages, SMS and picture messages around the world. Kiss goodbye to eye watering phone bills!

Note – In order to get OS X Yosemites SMS messages to work, your Mac has to be of course updated with OS X Yosemite, and your iPhone devices has to pimped to the latest iOS 8 version.

 

Discover More about OS X Yosemite…

OS X Yosemites dollar saving SMS feature is just the tip of the iceberg, Check our article ‘Apples OS X Yosemite Features’ for more information.

 

Download OS X Yosemite Now!

If you simply can not wait a few more weeks to get your hands on Apples best system update ever, you may wish to take part in their special Beta Program. The first one million members are invited to download ‘OS X Yosemite pre-release version’, and leave feedback that will help sculpt the final version released this Autumn.

OS X Yosemite Phone Feature – Make Calls From Your Mac

Computers, especially Apple Macs, are pretty darn amazing gadgets! You can do almost anything on them. From simple everyday essentials, such as homework, sending emails, organizing your treasured family photos to creating life changing possibilities like composing a chart topping music track or engineering a multi-million dollar app.

However, there has always been one gapping function missing… a phone feature.

Year sure, with the latest OS X Mavericks update we can now send free iMessages and the latest MacBook Pros allow us to message love ones from across the ocean with HD FaceTime, but it still wasn’t quite perfect… until now!

OS X Yosemite phone feature

 

Introducing OS X Yosemite ‘Phone’

In a bid to get us thoroughly addicted to Apples genus products, if you are a proud owner of both an iPhone and a Mac computer or  an iPad, the new mighty OS X Yosemite update allows them to work together. Yes, this means you can answer phone calls on your Mac!

This incredible new feature will only work with the latest Apple system updates OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The separate devices that support these versions will now be able to instantly recognize one another whenever they close and you are signed into iCloud on both objects. This blossomed relationship means you can pick up and start something on one device, such as a text, and finish it off and send it from another.

 

OS X Yosemite Phone Feature  – Answer Calls on Your Mac

Well, I know phones used to be embarrassingly big back in the day, and old trends tend come back around, but I never thought I would see the day when I could hold my laptop up against my ear and yell ‘Hellooo!’. Ok, to be fair you don’t have to look like a loony and hold the Mac up like a cell phone. The creators at Apple are all about style and street cred, so taking a call on OS X Yosemites brilliant phone feature works just like taking one on Skype or FaceTime.

 

How Does OS X Yosemite Phone Feature Work?

If your Mac is equipped with Apples latest system update OS X Yosemite, your phone is pimped with iOS 8 and both products are logged into your iCloud accounts, then your fancy call feature is ready to go. You will be able to make and receive phones call from your computer.

OS X Yosemite call

 

Answering Calls On Your Mac

When your iPhone rings your Mac will receive a pop up notification displaying the callers name, number and profile picture. To answer the call just simply click the pop up and your Mac transforms into an instant speakerphone. Of course OS X Yosemite has made it easy to decline a call with one click. It also enables you to send a quick free iMessage perhaps reading a little something like this… “I’m eating dinner spk soon” or “I’m busy watching Glee, call u l8r x”.

 

Making Calls On Your Mac

Making a phone call from the luxury of your Mac is also super easy.

All you have to do is click on a phone number you have stored in either your Contacts, iMessage or Calendar, and your Mac will make the call out. You can even phone a business by clicking on their contact details in Safari.

 

OS X Yosemite phoneOS X Yosemite Phone feature Benefits

There are many benefits to this new ingenus phone feature…

    • You’re less likely to miss a call. Instead of frantically fumbling through endless rucksack pockets for your vibrating iPhone, you can just accept the call from your Mac.
    • You will no longer get a crocked neck holding a phone up against your ear.
    • You can easily chat while you type out your homework or surf the web.
    • You can make a call even if your iPhone has run out of battery
    • If your iPhone rings in your bedroom four flights of stairs away, you can cut out the mad dash by answering via your Mac in the kitchen (as long as the devices are connected to the same WiFi connection).
    • As the Macs OS X Yosemite system and your iPhones iOS 8 marries the two devices, there is nothing to set up. They will also work with your existing phone number, so nothing needs to change.

Just click and say ‘Howdy’!

Apples OS X Yosemite Features Review

As you would of heard I’m sure, the new release of OS X Yosemite is nearly upon us! With Autumn rapidly approaching what can we expect from the new Apple software release?

What we are all wondering is will Yosemite be a worthy successor the the highly reviewed OS X Mavericks? and most importantly, will OS X Yosemite also be a freebie?

Bellow I have compiled a list of the new exciting features we can expect from OS X Yosemite, but do the Apple geniuses have anything extra up their sleeves they’re not telling us… We’ll have to wait and see… But for now, here are the fancy features that are a certain.

 

OS X Yosemite – Redesigned Interface

Lets be honest we love it when an Apple release a completely new design element! and you won’t be disappointed with Yosemite’s sleek and sophisticated upgrade!

Apple have totally redesigned the look and feel of the software ‘app by app’ and ‘feature by feature’.

OS X yosemite

 

What can we expect from OS X Yosemites Interface?

  • Ultra thin toolbars for a sense of space.
  • ‘Traffic light’ toolbar buttons upgraded for a slimmer look and with incorporated new features, Close, Minimize and Full screen.
  • The faithful Mac Dock has also had an upgrade. It will now be as Apple put it ‘Iconic and Cleaner’. Ditching the shiny 3D icons we can come so accustomed to. Instead Apple have gone back to basics and picked a flatter more retro graphic feel for their app icons.
  • Interested in the new OS X Font, well you’ve got it! Yosemite’s font has also had an revamp. It is now Mac wide and is supposed to enhance the Mac experience. You’ll notice the new fresh typeface in app windows, menu bars etc.
  • You’ll be happy to know the App’s have been thoughtfully changed in this upgrade. The ones most effected are Safari, Mail, iMessages and plenty more. They don’t just look sleeker, they work a whole lot better too!
  • Notification centre feels more mature and extremely well designed, with more clear and precise structure – we’re all in for a treat.
  • Good old ‘Spotlight’ had a well needed facelift as well. Instead of just popping up in the right hand corner, spotlight appears centre screen and uses sources from Wiki, yes Wiki, and allows you too read documents, send emails and even make a phone call (more on the call feature to come)…

 

OS X Yosemites Super App Power!

Ooh yes the most beloved App’s are now more power packed then ever! Apple claims they’re more capable and work more efficiently than ever before.

So what changes can we expect?

OS X Yosemite featuresSafari

We already know Safari is the worlds fastest web browser, but it’s just got a whole lot speedier! With the newly improved Javascript Nitro Engine support, it’s now an advanced way to surf the web.

The toolbar is streamline giving you more leeway to see what you are actually viewing, and most importantly it’s been redesigned incredibly well. The toolbar has been integrated with the much needed instant search feature at our fingertips. As if we didn’t already love Safari!

OS X Yosemite overviewMail

A feature I can personally say I’ve been waiting for is to send ridiculously large attachments via mail, and be confident they’ve sent… Apple has answered my prayers and now lets us do this easily. Yosemite Mail is now faster and more efficient than any other OS X upgrade.

OS X Yosemite reviewMessages

If you have an iPhone, you can now send and receive both iMessage and SMS! Dare I say it, but what’s topping up again? Not only will this save on the pennies, but it is massively convenient at the same time!

You can also forget WhatsApp, iMessage now incorporates the same voice message features. Mac Messages and iChat aim to be your one stop shop.

OS X Yosemite appsiCloud

Now store any type of documents/files and easily access them from any device. With the new iCloud drive Apple makes it easy peasy to organize and store precious files to your hearts content.

 

 

Mac and iOS ‘The Perfect Couple’ with OS X Yosemite

The perfect couple Mac and iOS are more connected than ever before. Talk about a harmonious relationship. This coupling brings us upgrade features including:

OS X Yosemite phonePhone

Make and receive calls on your Mac. OMG! Perfect if you’re browsing or working on your Mac and your iPhone is nowhere to be seen.

 

OS X Yosemite new featuresSMS

The feature we’re used too is sending and receiving iMessages on your Mac. Now, OS X Yosemite allows us to send and receive, read and reply with both iMessage and SMS! and the crazy thing is you don’t even need to pick up your iPhone.

 

Mac OS X YosemiteHandoff

This little clever OS X Yosemite feature makes your Mac remember the last thing you were doing on your iOS device and vice versa. So you can literally just pick up from where you left off on any device. Pretty cool eh?!

 

Apple OS X YosemiteHotspot Magic

Click on the hotspot feature on your iPhone and with a couple of clicks on your Mac you can get online in no time.

So there you have it, a brief OS X Yosemite feature overview, now to have an inkling of what Apple’s latest system creation holds for us.

 

Download OS X Yosemite Now… SERIOUSLY!

If you are a self confessed mega Mac Nerdy and just can’t simply wait until Autumn to download OS X Yosemite, then why not become a Apples Beta Program member…? With only a few left until the big unveiling, Apple are completing the final touches to their new pride and joy system update. To ensure it really is the best to date, they have invited the first one million Beta Program members to test drive OS X Yosemite and in return for constructive feedback.

If you would love to find out more on how you can download OS X Yosemite right now, check out our article ‘How o Test Drive Apples OS X Yosemite Pre-Release’.