When you use a Mac or an iOS device, you’re able to do incredible things. And now when you use them together, you can do so much more. OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 enable new features that let your devices work together in even smarter ways.
Phone Mac, now answering the call.
Now you can take iPhone calls right on your Mac. You can answer a call or dial a new one while your iPhone may be charging in another room or even buried in your backpack. Just point, click, and say hello.1
When a call comes to your iPhone, the call rings on your Mac. You’ll get a notification on your Mac showing you the caller’s name, number, and profile picture. You’ll also hear a ringtone — the same ringtone you have for that person on your iPhone. Click the notification to answer, and your Mac becomes a speakerphone, so you can have a phone conversation and work on your Mac at the same time.
Making a phone call from your Mac is just as easy as you’d expect. You can click any phone number you see in Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Spotlight, or Safari. If you join a conference call directly from a Calendar event, your Mac enters the passcode for you. To start a call, you can access your iPhone call history in FaceTime, or just enter the digits yourself.
SMS More ways to get your message across.
With OS X Yosemite and an iPhone running iOS 8, you can send and receive SMS text messages right from your Mac. So when friends text you — regardless of what phone they have — you can respond from your Mac or your iPhone, whichever is closest.2 All the messages that appear on your iPhone now appear on your Mac, too, so your conversation is up to date on all your devices. You can also start an SMS or iMessage conversation on your Mac by clicking a phone number in Safari, Contacts, Calendar, or Spotlight.
Handoﬀ Start it here. Finish it there.
Say you start writing a report on your iMac, but you want to continue on your iPad as you head to your meeting. Or maybe you start writing an email on your iPhone, but you want to finish it on your Mac. Handoff makes it possible. When your Mac and iOS devices are near each other, they can automatically pass what you’re doing from one device to another.3 An icon representing the last app you were using will appear on your second device — in the Dock on your Mac or on the Lock screen on your iOS device. Just click or swipe to pick up right where you left off without having to search for the file. Handoff works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. And app developers can easily build Handoff into their apps.
Start writing an email on your iPhone and switch over to your Mac without losing your place.
Instant Hotspot Just like that, you’re online.
No Wi‑Fi? No problem. With Instant Hotspot, your Mac can remotely activate the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone when they are near each other.4 Simply select your iPhone from the Wi-Fi menu on your Mac and you’ll be online in seconds. You don’t even have to take your iPhone out of your pocket or bag. When connected to a hotspot, your Mac displays the signal strength and battery life of your iPhone at the top of the Wi‑Fi menu. After you finish browsing, the hotspot automatically deactivates to preserve battery life. The next time you want to get online and there’s no Wi-Fi, your Mac will ask you if you want to use your hotspot again. Just click OK to get online.
AirDrop Sharing ﬁles has never been easier.
AirDrop makes sharing files between Mac computers simple. And now it works between Mac and iOS devices, too. So with just a few clicks on your Mac, you can take a file from any folder and use AirDrop to send it to a nearby Mac or iOS device. It’s perfect for, say, sharing a document with a coworker in the next room or sending a presentation to a client across the table. And you can use AirDrop to send files right from the Share menu in your apps and from the Finder. Recipients will receive a notification, which they can simply click to download the file.
Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.
Some features require an Apple ID, compatible hardware, and compatible Internet access or cellular network; additional fees and terms may apply.
iPhone calls require an iPhone with iOS 8.
SMS requires an iPhone with iOS 8.1.
Handoff requires an iOS device with iOS 8.
Instant Hotspot requires an iPhone or iPad with cellular connectivity and iOS 8.1. Check with your carrier for hotspot availability.