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Apple's future 'Handoff' feature may help with device juggling

June 9, 2014

By Omar L. Gallaga, Austin American-Statesman



June 09--

Last week at the kickoff of its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple failed to introduce any new hardware, but it debuted a new programming language, Swift, and lots of software tweaks. The updates for its Mac OS (next version named "Yosemite") and iOS mobile software (next version: 8) are due in the fall as free software upgrades. What feature are we most intrigued by? Something Apple calls "Handoff."

For Apple devotees who have Mac computers as well as mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads, Handoff may provide some sanity, allowing users to finish tasks on one device that they started on another. For instance, you could begin an email on an iPad and finish it later on a Mac, picking up right where you left off. Even better, Apple says it'll allow an incoming iPhone call to be picked up via computer or iPad. Same goes for receiving and replying to any kind of text message.

It's promised the feature will work with Mail, Safari, Maps, Calendar and other apps, including some developed by companies other than Apple. Though it should bring some welcome continuity to those of us juggling multiple devices, we'll reserve judgment until we see Handoff in action.

In this space every week, we'll define a tech term, offer a timely tip or answer questions about technology from readers. Email ogallaga@statesman.com.

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