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.

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.

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.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

The iOS 11.2.1 update is small and it focuses on fixes for HomeKit that Apple already fixed on the server side. This is an important update to install if you use HomeKit. 

The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash. The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.

Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users.

 

 


  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update. 

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

One Comment

  1. iOS 10 Jailbreak

    10/23/2016 at 10:39 am

    Connectivity and HandOff is a brilliant service Apple baked right into iOS and macOS. I am addicted to taking calls and reply back to messages using the macOS functionality. This way, I don’t have to see the phone again and again.

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