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WWDC 2014: Apple’s New OS X Yosemite To Turn Your Mac Into A Second iPhone

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Apple’s new OS X Yosemite announced during WWDC 2014

Like Google, Apple has long been trying to unite the services of its mobile devices and desktop or laptop computers. In an interesting twist, Apple announced at the WWDC 2014 that their new OS X Yosemite for Mac will do more than just sync iDevices to a Macintosh machine ? this new OS will basically turn the iPhone, iPad and Mac into extensions of each other.

The OS X Yosemite is Apple?s sequel to the previously launched OS X Mavericks, in reference to the trend of naming OS versions from some of California?s famous landmarks. This new iPhone-Mac integration feature of the OS X Yosemite will be called ?Continuity.?

During the WWDC event, Apple?s SVP for Software Engineering Craig Federighi demonstrated how an iPhone call can be taken using a Mac computer. The OS X Yosemite will allow Apple computers to make and receive calls provided that an iPhone is connected to it. The iPhone is not even required to be anywhere near a Mac, it should only be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Mac and they?re good to go.

Perhaps a much cooler innovation than the iPhone call integration is the new Messages feature. Once the OS X Yosemite is installed and a user?s iPhone is connected, the user may be able to read and compose email and text messages from their iPad or iPhone through their Mac device. Even better is Continuity?s sub-feature called Handoff where messages are synced instantly. For example, a user starts to type a message in his iPhone then decided to switch to a Mac. That user will be able to continue what he already started as all the words he had typed in the iPhone is also present in the OS X Yosemite?s Messages app.

Demo on how OS X Yosemite can be used to take calls from the iPhone

Demo on how OS X Yosemite can be used to take calls from the iPhone

Another update that this OS will bring is the option to use an iPhone?s 3G or 4G internet and link it to a Mac via a hotspot connection. The user will not need to configure anything for this feature to work. The Mac will automatically suggest connecting to an iPhone hotspot if no other internet connectivity is detected.

It?s worth mentioning that Apple?s move to connect phone calls between iPhones and Macs is reminiscent of what Google Voice has been doing for years. But the search engine giant is ?slowly killing? Google Voice after the introduction of their new Hangouts service. Perhaps this will give Google the thrust they need to come up with a similar but better service. Meanwhile, all the features mentioned are still available to developers as of the moment. It will be distributed to all compatible Apple devices once the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite have been rolled out.


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