News by Andrew Kameka on Monday June 02, 2014.
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The next version of Apple's desktop computers will feature a continuity theme that better integrates the phone with mobile devices, particularly for those who own an iPhone. In Mac OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of Apple's desktop software, users will be able to receive text messages and read or reply to them from a computer. Similar to how iMessage allows cross-platform messaging, Apple has a new tool that will route those messages to the computer, even if those messages are standard SMS sent from non-iOS users.
Apple is also taking steps towards letting users accept and place phone calls on their computer. A user's Macbook or Mac will be able to see the incoming phone calls and respond without having the user seek his or her phone. Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering, describes it saying:
Now when you receive a phone call, your Mac gives you caller ID, and you can even accept the call and use your Mac as a speakerphone. Believe it or not, this works even if your phone is across the house on a charger.
Apple will release Mac OS X Yosemite later this fall.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.