Continuity on iOS and macOS Primer Tutorial

Continuity on iOS and macOS Primer Tutorial

Continuity on iOS and macOS Primer Tutorial

We were reading this great article called Continuity for iPhone, iPad, and Mac: The ultimate guide because …

  • though, as a programmer, primarily, I base my work around macOS and this MacBook Pro on which am composing this blog posting … it cannot be ignored, for us, that …
  • iOS (iPad, iPhone) and macOS (macBook Pro) can work wonders together regarding the communication end of matters

… and we wanted to explain (delegating the expertise, as you’ll see below) terms like “Handoff” and “AirPlay” and “iMessage” and “SMS Forwarding” and “AirDrop” and “iCloud” in today’s blog posting.

As an example, at least for my wife and I, we share an iPhone and an iPad (with no mobile data available (ie. no SIM card)) and this MacBook Pro in our “Apple wooooorrrrrlllllld” around here. That iPad is not as impotent as you might think communication-wise if you read and understand the talking points below. And our contribution will be this PDF presentation of matters in (some of) this line of thinking … not all of it, because that is a life’s work!

On iOS, go to Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps. Tap the Handoff slider to the ON position. On your Mac, go to System Preferences > General. The second-to-last checkbox is Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices, make sure this is checked. Handoff should now be enabled across your devices.

… and what apps work with it

Handoff works with Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Maps, Messages, Notes, Reminders, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote as well as any enabled third party apps. Some examples of apps you can try with Handoff are Pocket, Wunderlist, and the NYTimes app. Of all the Continuity features, Handoff has the most requirements.

AirPlay lets you share videos, photos, music and more from Apple devices to your Apple TV, your favourite speakers and popular smart TVs. And what you share always stays personal and private. So sit back and enjoy everything you love β€” in more places than ever.

iMessage and FaceTime are designed to protect your information and enable you to choose what you share. iMessage is an Apple service that sends messages over Wi-Fi or cellular connections to other iOS devices (with iOS 5 or later), iPadOS devices, Mac computers (with OS X 10.8 or later), and Apple Watches.

SMS Forwarding
On the iPhone, go to Settings/Messages and select Text Message Forwarding. A list of devices connected to your Apple ID will be displayed. Select all the ones you want text messages forwarded to. … After that, any text message sent to your stateside iPhone should be forwarded to your traveling phone.

Here’s how: On iPhone X or later, or an iPad with iOS 12 or later or iPadOS, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen to open Control Centre. Press firmly or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner.

iCloud is built into every Apple device. That means all your stuff β€” photos, files, notes and more β€” is safe, up to date and available wherever you are. And it works automatically, so all you have to do is keep doing what you love. Everyone gets 5GB of free iCloud storage to start, and it’s easy to add more at any time.

… as your introductory glossary of networking terms that may interest, and you wonder about, with these very useful communication devices.

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