Apple embraces ‘work anywhere’ approach with iOS 8 and Yosemite

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When Apple demoed new operating systems for iDevices and Macs at the Worldwide Developer Conference this week, it was greeted with a lot of applause and a little bit of ‘meh’.

Some announcements were old news for Android users, but in the main it was a confident keynote that emphasized ‘continuity’ – the ability to work anywhere and on any device without interruption.

For business users, iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite are big leaps forward. Here are the features you need to know about.

Sync work between devices

If you juggle work between several Apple devices, you’ll be able to switch between them and pick up where you left off. For example, if you start writing an email on your iPhone, with a click or a swipe you can finish it off on your Mac. Apple calls this OS X Yosemite feature ‘Handoff’.

Calls and texts on all devices

If you’ve an iPhone running iOS 8, you’ll be able to make phone calls and send text messages from your Mac and iPad.

Airdrop between iOS and Mac

Ever emailed a document to yourself, so you can pick it up on your iPhone? With iOS 8 and Yosemite, you can share files between your Mac and your iPhone and iPad wirelessly using AirDrop. Previously, you could only share between mobile devices or between Macs.

Instant Hotspot

If you’re working on your Mac without a Wi-Fi connection, OS X Yosemite will automatically find and allow you to start using the connection with a couple of clicks.

iCloud Drive

With iOS 8, your iPhone and iPad now have file browsing capabilities with iCloud Drive, Apple’s DropBox ‘killer’. It brings a ‘files and folders’ system back to iCloud and syncs with your Mac’s Finder app.

Hands-free Siri

For road warriors, Siri in iOS 8 can now be invoked without pressing a button. So you can just shout “Hey, Siri” at your iPhone and it will appear automatically and without you having to take your hands off the wheel.

iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite will be available as free updates in the Autumn

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