As part of the new Continuity platform introduced as part of OS X Yosemite Apple is bringing a new way to pair your smartphone with your computer. The latest build of OS X will make it possible to receive and respond to SMS messages from both a connected Mac or iPad.
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Make phone calls and send SMS from your Mac with new OS X Yosemite Continuity features

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Being able to take your iMessage threads from iPhone to Mac to iPad is a great feature, but what about all the SMS threads that get lost along the way? As part of the new Continuity platform introduced as part of OS X Yosemite — the initiative that enables Mac-to-iPhone AirDrop and the helpful-looking Handoff feature — Apple is bringing a new way to pair your smartphone with your computer. The latest build of OS X will make it possible to receive and respond to SMS messages from both a connected Mac or iPad.

Forget the updated UI, overhauled Spotlight Search, and improved Safari, SMS alone might make the upgrade to Yosemite worth it. Then Apple went and added in the ability to answer and place phone calls via an iPhone directly from the Mac as well.

The feature works seamlessly and is intuitively tied into OS X via your address book and iMessage app. The demo on stage featured a call from the one and only Dr. Dre, and if it works as well as we saw today it could change the way we interface between phone and computer entirely.

Apple didn’t go into details about possible limitations of the service. Will carriers have a say in how the iPhone pairs with a Mac? Will the capabilities be bundled as part of service charges associated with data tethering? We imagine we will find out more as Apple rolls toward a public beta of OS X Yosemite in advance of the platform update’s Fall launch.

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