os x yosemite continuity

Apple spent some air time during its keynote to talk about a new feature called Continuity. For starters, AirDrop now finally works between iOS and OS X. But it’s much more than that. Continuity detects devices in your proximity and makes them aware of each other.

For example, your iPad can notify you in the screen corner of your Mac and vice versa. Next, you could be compising an email on your iPhone. And when you come near your Mac, it’ll recognize your iPhone and prompt you to finish your message on the Mac.

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Continuity is more powerful than it appears.

Another example: when you receive a phone call, you Mac shows a notification. You can accept a call on your Mac and it can even use the computer as a speakerphone.

OS X Yosemite Continuity phone call

You can dial a phone number from webpages (just select and hit the Call option in the context-aware menu). Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, demoed this by calling Dr. Dre from his Mac.

This Continuity functionality extends to the new Instant Hotspot feature, Messages and much more. OS X Yosemite will be available this Fall as a free download this Fall.

OS X Yosemite Continuity messages
AirDrop now works between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite and Messages benefits from Continuity, too.

Registered Apple developers can download a preview version of the software today and people who are on the OS X Beta Seed Program will be able to download Yosemite betas during the summer (so, not immediately).

  • Tony

    Game changer! Amazing how you can do calls and messages right from the computer.

    • Marcus Winchester

      It is pretty sweet, makes me really want an iPhone to complement my MacBook Pro Retina

      • Nabil El Hajjouti

        and Apple knows that 😉

  • Marcus Winchester

    Pretty sweet integration, this is how you do integration Microsoft, not a hasty job

  • That presentation gave me goosebumps! You can call from your Mac and did I mention also SMS. This is the first time I ever been so excited for WWDC. Bravo!

    • Tony

      Totally agree, this is by far the most fun I’ve had watching WWDC.. and it just started.

    • Marcus Winchester

      I agree, its the best WWDC in years. Tim Cook’s speeches have improved greatly, Federighi’s humour was awesome and OSX Yosemite looks like one of the coolest releases since Snow Leopard. Really great so far, especially iCloud Drive and Continuity

  • Luism27

    who had the chance to grab Dr. dre’s number?

  • Donovan

    Now I really want a Mac

  • Domodo

    I’m SO ditching my jailbreak for this! Amazing!
    (Hoping 4S is supported!)

    • Dan George

      iPhone 4s will have 8 but im not sure about continuity bit, i have 4s too so we are in the same boat 🙂

      • Domodo

        Fingers crossed for continuity! 🙂

  • Markus Hudobnik

    I’m so excited for the SMS integration.

  • Marcus Winchester

    I’m really starting to warm to Tim Cook, he’s pretty good with his speeches now, pretty good speaker

    • Domodo

      He talks really slowly. Craig is my favorite!

      • Tony

        and back to craig for IOS 8

  • DrNoOne

    You understand of course Apple just revealed their biggest selling point for the iWatch when it comes out. “seemless integration” was the phrase of the day

  • Walter van Bergen

    Only thing I’m asking myself: what are the hardware requirements. I bet this doesn’t work with an iMac of 3 years old