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!
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.
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’.