One of the key new features of OS X 10.10 Yosemite is something Apple calls Continuity. It’s a series of features designed to make your iPhone or iPad and your MacBook or Mac desktop work together.

For instance you can start writing an email message on your notebook and finish on your tablet. Or you can view text messages or even take phone calls on your Mac as long as your phone is near.


Continuity has a few different components, and they’re all based on the ability for OS X to recognize when your iOS device is near… or even across the room.

Here are a few things you can do with Continuity:

  • Use AirDrop to wirelessly share files between your phone and laptop.
  • View caller ID on your Mac.
  • Make or answer calls on your Mac.
  • Receive SMS messages on your Mac.

All of the phone and SMS features are actually router through your phone, so you’re using your laptop or desktop, but data is actually going through your phone.


You can also use a new Instant Hotspot feature that lets you automatically turn your iPhone into a WiFi hotspot just by bringing it near your Mac and choosing the iPhone as your wireless access point.


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