A key feature that makes the iOS 8/Yosemite combination so powerful is Handoff, a scheme that lets you transfer tasks from one device to another. This lets you start working on something in one device, and then smoothly and seamlessly take up the same task on another—start on an iPhone and then move to your Mac, for example. iOS 8 already let you use Handoff between an iPhone and an iPad, but now with the launch of Yosemite, your Mac can get in on the fun too.

Handoff requirements

Before we examine each of its elements, let’s be sure that you can actually use Handoff. To take advantage of Handoff you need a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac mini made in 2012 or later. The late 2013 Mac Pro is compatible too. Your Mac must be running OS X Yosemite and you must have iOS 8 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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