iOS 8/Yosemite feature "Handoff" may be limited to Macs that support Bluetooth LE

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Rafagon

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If your favorite iOS 8 feature is the iOS 8/Yosemite joint feature "Handoff," then you may need a Mac that supports Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth low energy, which is implemented by the Bluetooth 4.0 [and later] specification).

A story appeared briefly in an English-langauge website stating as much, but then the story was pulled. However, Google's cache managed to capture the story before it was pulled.

Incidentally, the original story which this website used as their source, in German, is still online (English translation). It also states that another feature, AirDrop (specifically, Mac-to-iDevice AirDrop), may only be supported by Macs with Bluetooth LE. Fortunately, the verbiage that was used indicates uncertainty.

If you have intel to the contrary, please share.
 

Napoleon PhoneApart

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Booooo! I guess I won't be able to take advantage of handoff. Oh well. The iPhone 6 better be amazing besides the bigger screen and incremental updates.
Incremental updates?

Voice and audio texting

In-app texting.

Camera APIs being opened to developers to unlock almost all manual settings

Third-party keyboard availability

Wifi calling for networks that support it


In my opinion, not all iOS 8 updates are "incremental."
 

Ledsteplin

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Booooo! I guess I won't be able to take advantage of handoff. Oh well. The iPhone 6 better be amazing besides the bigger screen and incremental updates.
"Incremental" updates would mean the same amount or size with each update. It could be a lot or a little. But each update would be equal. I think what you're talking about are some of those itsy-bitsy updates. iOS 8 won't be itsy-bitsy. :)
 

ZR_Yancy

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Incremental updates?

Voice and audio texting

In-app texting.

Camera APIs being opened to developers to unlock almost all manual settings

Third-party keyboard availability

Wifi calling for networks that support it


In my opinion, not all iOS 8 updates are "incremental."
I'm not saying it's a bad thing. I'm just hoping iPhone 6 has some amazing features that we don't already have on the iPhone 5S with iOS 8. It's nice to get things like native audio texting but 3rd party apps have had this available such as Squawk and HeyTell which I've been using for a few years now. It reminds me of Nextel PTT. The in app texting is nice to finally have. I'm really hoping the camera's API being opened up to 3rd party devs will allow us to use their features through extensibility on the stock camera. 3rd party keyboard is always welcome because I really like Fleksy. Why wouldn't all networks allow WiFi calling? I would think they would push this to take some load off themselves.
 

ZR_Yancy

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"Incremental" updates would mean the same amount or size with each update. It could be a lot or a little. But each update would be equal. I think what you're talking about are some of those itsy-bitsy updates. iOS 8 won't be itsy-bitsy. :)
We already know what iOS 8 is giving us on the current devices but what I am hoping for is amazing hardware on iPhone 6 that will give us features which we have not seen yet on iOS 8. We know it will be faster and have a bigger screen. I'm impatiently waiting.
 

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I'm hoping that the iPhone 6 will be half of an exciting iPhone/iwatch convo. With certain features exclusive to eachother