iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Learn how to answer iPhone calls from your Mac or iPad

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Learn how to answer iPhone calls from your Mac or iPad

Apple is well known for offering a fully integrated ecosystem something possible thanks to its vertical strategy (it is responsible for creating both its hardware and its software). Like iOS 8 it's the OS X Yosemite, this integration has reached a new level, which is very cool.

Continuity feature

Recently, we talked a little bit about the Handoff feature. Today we’re back to talk about another very cool point of what Apple calls Continuity (Continuity).

Mac and iOS. More and more connected, like you.

You always do amazing things on a Mac or iOS device. And now, using the two together, you can do even more. With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, your devices know when they're close. This activates new features that make them work smarter together. Now the most amazing devices can get the best out of each other.

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If you, like me, spend the day working in front of a Mac, you will love this news. Using Ma's latest operating systems, you can make and receive calls from iPhone on Mac.

When the iPhone rings, you receive a notification on the Mac showing the name, number and profile picture of whoever is calling this, of course, if you have the number in your contacts. Then just click on the notification to answer and your Mac turns into a speaker phone. And believe me, it works like a beauty!

In addition to answering, you can of course also decline a call or reply with a message. Making a call on the Mac is also very easy: just click on the desired phone number (either in the Contacts, Calendar, Messages or even Safari apps) and the call is made. According to Apple, all of this works even if your iPhone is charging in the bedroom and you have your MacBook in the living room, for example. It is enough that both are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

But how does this magic happen? Simple, by FaceTime. For this to work, both FaceTime's iGadgets how much of the Mac needs to be activated. Note that in both there is an option called “Connections via iPhone”. Obviously, this option must be enabled for the feature to work.

IPhone calls

And look at how the system that Apple created smart! When activating FaceTime and iMessage on the iPhone and Mac, the user can choose whether to initiate a call or message by phone number or by email registered with the Apple ID (what are called “caller ID”).

IPhone calls via Mac

But if you use email as a caller ID, Apple warns that for iPhone calls, the caller ID will necessarily be your phone number.

This feature also works on iPads. The tablet does not have a speaker at the top, close to the front camera (as in iPhones). Still, if you are without headphones, you can use the iPad to answer calls in a good way using the speakers at the bottom of the tablet in practice, as if you were talking on the iPhone with the speaker button activated.

It's another great differentiator for people to migrate to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite!