Apple opens bridges between OSes with launch of Yosemite, iOS 8.1

Version 8.1 of iOS is due Monday with fixes to iOS 8 bugs

Apple desktop and laptop computers will play better with iPads and iPhones via new Continuity integration features on iOS 8.1 and MacOS X Yosemite, available free, starting Monday for iOS 8.1 and today for Yosemite.

"With Continuity, your devices are aware of each other and allow you to work at any moment with the device that's right for that time," said Craig Federighi [cq], Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, during a livestreamed event where the company announced the availability of the two OSes.

In addition to working with the Continuity technology, iOS 8.1 will also support Apple Pay and fix the bugs that have plagued iOS 8.

When users place an iOS 8.1 device near a Mac computer, a technology called Handoff lets them pass an activity from one to the other, such as web browsing on Safari or working on an iWork document, picking up where they left off.

Another link between the OSes lets people make and receive iPhone calls using a Mac "as a speakerphone," as well as send and receive SMS and MMS messages from a Mac, he said.

A new feature called Instant Hotspot has been designed to make it very simple for a MacOS computer to tap into an iPhone cell data hotspot for Internet access "without even touching your phone in your bag," he said.

In most cases, Continuity features require devices to be logged into the same iCloud account and connected to the same Wi-Fi network, as well as paired via Bluetooth.

MacOS X Yosemite also has improvements to its user interface, search function, Mail app, Safari browser, iTunes software and the iWork suite. It also includes iCloud Drive, Apple's cloud storage and file sync and share system.

Yosemite is available now as a free upgrade from the Mac App store. According to Apple, Yosemite can be installed on all Macs introduced in 2009 or later, and in some 2007 and 2008 models.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags AppleMac OSsoftwareoperating systems

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?