Apple’s device ecosystem just got tied even closer together.
Craig Federighi, the company’s Senior Vice President for Software Engineering, announced a host of new “Continuity” features for iOS and OS X at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference today that are designed to bring the iPhone, iPad and Mac together. They’ll be included in the launch of OS X Yosemite, which is slated for this fall.
“Handoff” gives users the ability to pass whatever they’re doing back and forth between their nearby Macs and iOS devices. Now, users can start composing their emails on their Mac and finish them off on an iPad, or finish up a Keynote slide deck from their iPhone and hand it over to their Mac for a presentation.
In addition, users will be able to connect their iOS devices to their Mac to make and answer phone calls. That means iPhone users will be able to see who’s calling their phone even if it’s across the room, and use their laptop as a speakerphone, without having to interact with their device.
People who want to send files between devices can also use Apple’s AirDrop technology, which will work across Macs, iPhones and iPads, so it’s possible to easily pass files around a room.