Earlier in June, Apple unveiled a treasure trove of new features for not only iOS 8, but also for their Mac lineup, all bundled together in Mac OS X Yosemite. Depending on the person, though, some of the individual features may be worth most of the fuss, including things like Continuity, or Handoff. With the latter, users of iOS 8-based devices will be able to start an email on their mobile gadget, and then continue right from where they left off on their Mac. It may not be limited to emails, but it looks more and more like there might be one very large limitation to Handoff right out of the gate.
As we reported earlier this week, one of the distinct caveats with the inclusion of Handoff is that it works courtesy of Bluetooth LE support. It’s a feature that has been included in Mac models for years now, but there are still many people out there that have machines without the functionality built in. Basically, this means that while their machine may be able to technically upgrade to OS X Yosemite, one distinct feature is going to be left out after it’s all said and done.
After that initial speed bump was found, intrepid people out there testing Yosemite in the public Beta sought to rectify the situation using readily available Bluetooth LE adapters. The idea was that if you plug the adapter in, and therefore obtain Bluetooth LE support, the feature would work. It was a good theory, but unfortunately it has not panned out through the testing phases.
As reported by MacRumors, several members of their forums tried Bluetooth LE adapters, but Handoff was still non-funtional. So it looks like Apple’s not only making it so that you need Bluetooth LE support for Handoff functionality to work, but that it also needs to be a built-in feature, and cannot be added through an adapter.
It’s not all bad news, though. While the Handoff feature may be missing for many that upgrade to the newest operating system on older machines, other Continuity-based perks are still present, and should work just fine. That includes the phone-relay feature, that allows someone to answer or make a phone call from their Mac, through their iPhone. That’s based on Wi-Fi, so there shouldn’t be any issues there.
When you upgrade to Yosemite, are you going to miss out on the Handoff feature, or do you plan on upgrading your hardware in time for the software’s launch later this year?