Continuity Keypad adds a beautiful phone dialer to OS X Yosemite

By , Nov 13, 2014

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Out of all the features that Apple introduced with OS X Yosemite, Continuity is one of the most convenient and useful. With its ability to handoff apps between devices, make and receive phone calls, and send SMS messages from the desktop, Continuity has become one of the most-used features of OS X Yosemite. But despite its newfound call-handling features, Yosemite lacks a dialer for quickly making phone calls to numbers not in your address book, and that’s where Continuity Keypad comes into play.

Created by student developers Eytan Schulman and Harrison Weinerman, Continuity Keypad blends with the modern, transparent look of OS X Yosemite and is both beautiful as well as functional. In terms of features, it works to enhance the existing implementation of Yosemite’s Continuity by adding an application and Notification Center widget for quickly dialing phone numbers or searching your contacts effortlessly.

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Although the concept is simple, the functionality provides incredible convenience, particularly if you find yourself dialing out numbers from your Mac on a regular basis. Phone numbers can be manually dialed and placed in either the app or the widget, and the app also handles contact searching if a matching name is typed. When making a call, users have the option to save a number to their contacts and even redial the last outgoing number.

Continuity Keypad gives users the option to dial vanity numbers, such as 1-800-MY-APPLE, using the alphabet keys, and users can opt to have the application automatically confirm outgoing calls, as OS X requires an extra verification click by default. On top of it all, Continuity Keypad has optional dial tones the user can toggle.

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While some of these options, such as auto-searching contacts and dialing vanity numbers, can’t be activated simultaneously, Continuity Keypad has a surprising number of customizable options for its simplicity, which is always welcomed in apps.

Continuity Keypad is slated to launch in the Mac App Store for $0.99 in the near future, but you can pick up a trial version right now at continuitykeypad.co. For updates on the full release, you can follow the team at @CKeypad.

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  • Alaric

    This is Ive style… I love that design

    • Nick Pomes

      🙂

  • ✯Mike✯

    finally a useful feature for calling through your phone for Mac. it was practically useless unless you had a contact. calling stores and etc. through safari was pointless. this is great.

    • Paresh Bhatia

      you can call typing number in search box

  • diggitydang

    Would love a feature where you’re on a call on your iPhone and you want to transfer it to your Mac, or vice versa. There’s been times where I take a call on my Mac, but then want to transfer it to my iPhone because I’m leaving.

    • Daniel

      i believe you can do that i just picked up my iPhone and pressed the green bar at the top and closed my macbook and the call was still connected

      • Albert

        Yes, just press the green bar on your iPhone and you should be good to go.

      • Anderson Silva

        Yes, but how about the opposite way???
        Get a call on the Phone, then transfer to the Mac?

      • James G

        OS X 10.11 🙂

      • Falk M.

        Probably yeah lol
        It’ll be the feature one couldn’t have thought of before #23352545 *wink wink*

      • Albert

        touché

      • diggitydang

        Oh really? Does it work both ways too? I’m happy if it can be transferred any way between my iPhone, Mac and/or iPad.

  • Damian

    for some unknown reason I am able to receive phone calls , but I am not able to dial new ones. It tells me I have to be on the same iCloud network, which I am.
    Anyone with good suggestions?

    • Andrew

      Are you on the same Wi-Fi network?

      If so, then I had the same problem. Here’s how I fixed it:

      On your iPhone, go to Settings > FaceTime and make sure both your phone number AND the email you use for your AppleID are enabled (You can use others too, if you’d like. But these two are required). DISABLE “iPhone Cellular Calls” for now.

      On your Mac, open FaceTime. Click the “FaceTime” menu in the top bar, and click on Preferences. Enable the same phone number and email(s) as before, then make sure “iPhone Cellular Calls” is enabled.

      Then, on your iPhone, re-enable “iPhone Cellular Calls”.

      It worked for me after that. Hopefully it does for you too. Good luck.

  • R3VVEDUP

    i can receive calls, but no one can hear me. any ideas?

    • Andrew

      That happened to me on my iPad. I just rebooted both my iPhone and my iPad and it worked after. If that doesn’t work, I can’t help ya.

  • Anderson Silva

    From the series: basic yet stupid features that Apple didn’t implement in their apps! 😛

    One missing feature in Continuity: DTMF
    It’ll be very useful to use DTMF while in an “iPhone-from-Mac” call.