What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot

What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot

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Apple has introduced a set of Continuity features designed to let iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite work together better than ever before.

Here's a look at the new features.

What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot

Handoff
Handoff lets you seamlessly start tasks on one device and continue them on another device. For example, you can start writing an email on the iPhone and pick up where you left off when you sit down at your Mac. Or browse the web on your Mac and continue from the same link on your iPad.

To utilize the feature, your devices must be signed in the same iCloud account. Handoff works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. Developers will also be able to add Handoff support into their third party apps.

When you start something on your Mac, a corresponding app icon will appear at the bottom left corner of the lockscreen on your iPad or iPhone. Swiping up on the icon will bring up what you were working on, letting you pick up where you left off.

What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot

Conversely, when you start something on your iPad or iPhone, a corresponding icon will appear on the left side of your dock. Click the icon to pick up where you left off.

What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot

Initial reports suggest that only Macs with Bluetooth LE will support Handoff; however, Apple apparently hasn't finalized requirements for the feature yet.

Calling
You can now make and receive phone calls on your iPad or Mac as long as your iPhone running iOS 8 is on the same Wi-Fi network. Incoming calls show the caller’s name, number, and profile picture. Just click or swipe the notification to answer, ignore, or respond with a quick message.
What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot

To make a phone call from your iPad or Mac simply tap or click a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, or Safari.
What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot

SMS and MMS
You can now send and receive SMS and MMS text messages right from your iPad or Mac. So when you get a message, you can respond using whichever device is most convenient, regardless of whether the message is an SMS, MMS, or iMessage. You can also start a conversation from your iPad or Mac by clicking a phone number in Safari, Contacts, or Calendar.
What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot

AirDrop
AirDrop now works between iOS and Mac OS X. This means you can easily send photos or documents from your iOS device to nearby computer. As in iOS 7, simply tap the share button and then select a nearby device to share with. Transfers are encrypted so that what you share is highly secure.
What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot

Instant Hotspot
If you’re out of Wi-Fi range, your iPad or Mac can connect to your phone’s personal hotspot when your iPhone is close by. With the new Instant Hotspot feature, you’ll see the name of your iPhone in the list of Wi-Fi networks in the Settings app on your iPad and in the Wi-Fi menu on your Mac. Just select it and you’re connected. You don't even need to type in a password. When you’re not using your phone’s network, your devices intelligently disconnect to save battery life.
What's New in iOS 8: Continuity, Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot


WHAT'S NEW IN IOS 8:
There's a lot of changes in iOS 8. Here's a few of the changes we've posted on already: Health, iCloud Drive, Family Sharing, Photos, Camera, Mail, Safari, Messages, QuickType, Third-Party Keyboards, Interactive Notifications, and Contact Shortcuts.

We'll be taking a look at even more new features shortly. You can follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for more.

Len - September 13, 2014 at 7:17am
Instant Hotspot SUCKS! We've lost the ability to create a hotspot for other devices like a Kindle, PC, a friends laptop, etc. You can only hotspot your own iOS 8 phone to your Yosemite Mac or iOS 8 iPad. It works based on your Apple ID so no more hotspot sharing with friends or random devices.
Great! - June 22, 2014 at 11:55pm
Now many fans will think these are just copies of jailbreak apps, but let me explain...at the back end they do much more than you think. Behind the scenes, these new functionalities work together SECURELY so that your data is not compromised, unlike on Jailbroken apps where your data COULD be. The thing with JB apps is that there is a higher risk of your data being stolen and/or malware being introduced.
Grant - June 22, 2014 at 6:40am
Ahahaha.... No network will let you easily connect your laptop to your phone.., it's total bs, you'll probably have to buy a tethering package... So lame!
Fukscrawn John - June 22, 2014 at 1:38pm
The only bull shit here is your comment. If you're with tmobile like me you can save big time, but when did setting up hotspot ever involve that?
Grant - June 22, 2014 at 6:39am
Ahahaha.... No network will let you easily connect your laptop to your phone.., it's total bs, you'll probably have to buy a tethering package... So lame!
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