A new operating system (OS), called X Yosemite, will allow Apple Mac users to view and send SMS messages using their computer.
According to techradar.com, Yosemite eliminates the need for people to continually have their phones nearby when they’re using their computer, as calls can be answered by the Mac too. Users can even dial other phones and use their computer as a speakerphone if they so wish. The new feature is tied into OS X via the address book and iMessage app.
The way SMS messages are handled is also being improved upon by Apple. All non-iMessage and SMS messages can now we accessed on Apple devices. This means any machine running OS X, such as an iPad, will be able to both see and respond to all SMS messages, reports isource.com.
At its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple demonstrated just how well its new feature worked by phoning Dr Dre on-stage. However, there’s no word yet if there are any limitations to the SMS and calling features. For example, it is unknown whether telecoms providers will influence how iPhone pairs with a Mac. Moreover, additional data charges may apply.
These questions should be answered soon, as a public beta of OS X Yosemite will be released shortly ahead of its official launch in the autumn.