How to Make Your Mac and iPhone Work Seamlessly

Here is a guide on how to better use your iPhone and Mac seamlessly with Sierra and iOS 10.

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Many iPhone users have come from a Windows based background yet some have been a part of the Apple ecosystem for some time and may own all Apple branded product. The iPhone may serve as a gateway for some to try other products such as Mac computers or an Apple Watch and Apple has certainly geared many features towards utilization with all Apple Products.

The majority of technology that I own is Apple branded and I have definitely benefitted greatly from the new Continuity features of newer iOS versions and most recently MacOS Sierra.

Here is a guide on how to better use your iPhone and Mac seamlessly with Sierra and iOS 10.

Many iPhone users have come from a Windows based background yet some have been a part of the Apple ecosystem for some time and may own all Apple branded product. The iPhone may serve as a gateway for some to try other products such as Mac computers or an Apple Watch and Apple has certainly geared many features towards utilization with all Apple Products.

The majority of technology that I own is Apple branded and I have definitely benefitted greatly from the new Continuity features of newer iOS versions and most recently MacOS Sierra.

How to Make Your Mac and iPhone Work Seamlessly

Here are the steps to ensure you are best utilizing your iPhone and Mac together.

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Watch the above video to learn how to set up your Mac and iPhone for seamless integration.

Using your Mac for Messages and Calls

One of the main uses of the iPhone is Messaging and Phone Calls. When we receive a phone call when our iPhone is in the other room we have to run to catch it. When you log in with your phone number to FaceTime on your Mac, you can actually answer calls incoming from your iPhone.

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This is an incredibly convenient feature and one I use quite frequently if my iPhone is in the other room charging and I am working on my Mac. I am able to screen calls and send them to voicemail from my Mac as well as answer the ones I don’t want to miss.

On the same note, Messages on your Mac can also be used to start and respond to iMessages you might receive on your iPhone. By logging your Apple ID information into Messages, you can also add your Phone number associated with Messages on your iPhone.

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When you receive an iMessage, you can respond from either your iPhone or Mac and you will see the message appear on both devices, representing that the syncing is functioning. I use this feature daily and find that I am less likely to miss messages if they are appearing in two places I frequently check.

Using Handoff Between Mac and iOS

Handoff is a feature that allows you to start one task on one device and then complete is seamlessly on another. Handoff currently supports Mail, Maps, Safari, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and numerous third-party apps.

You must make sure your iPhone has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled and is connected to the same Network as your Mac. You must also make sure your Mac is enabled for Handoff by checking the General Tab in System Preferences. You will see a checkbox for Handoff at the bottom.

When you start an email message on your iPhone and then arrive at your desk for work. you can literally open Mail up on your mac and see your current draft waiting for you on the far left side of your Dock. Clicking this icon will open the current draft and allow you to finish typing and send it.

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The same will work for Safari and any of the aforementioned apps, where you can start doing something in one location and pick it up immediately on the other.

Continuity is the name that Apple has given to all of these services that allow you to move seamlessly between our Mac and iPhone/iPad and now even Apple Watch to some degree. These different tasks are designed to streamline and simplify your life, be it by answering a call from your Mac or unlocking your Mac with your Apple Watch.

The Apple ecosystem may take some people a little getting used to yet it truly has some rewards for simplifying the ways we interact with our technology and therefore each other. After playing with the various Continuity features, there is much to be gained by ensuring your devices work together at their most efficiently.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 

 


 

Camera and Photos


 

  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library

Maps

 


  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes

Messages

 


  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch

 


  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes

 


  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:  https://support.apple.com/HT201222 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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