Written by Tyler Hackbart
Prologue: Apple brought out continuity throughout their iWork suite of productivity application a couple years ago. With the introduction of iCloud, the abilities have grown, every year adding a new ability to the cross device experience. However with all these additions, there also needs to be products added to the list, and with iOS 10, macOS Sierra and watchOS 3 this is what is happening starting to happen.
A up trend is happening in the Apple eco-system, Apple is moving to a more continuity system to their products. One thing that has always been true is that Apple products have been easy and simple to use and they are trying to make switching from one device to another flawless, with the help of iCloud. When iCloud was introduced, it was a reboot of a cloud based system that updates documents in their iWork, now divided into Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications. They have applied this to more application since and have a whole suite of apps built on the iCloud framework allowing for full continuity.
Allowing you to start an email on your iPad and finishing it mid sentence on your iPhone while walking out the door.
In the past years, connections have been happening within the eco-system and they are going to continue to grow. The ‘hand-off’ feature was first displayed in iOS 8 and bridged with Mac OS Yosemite, it was the first time that you were able to answer a phone call or answer a text right on your Mac. Last year the AppleWatch came out, with hand-off like features too, for things like using Siri, if a request on the AppleWatch does not come back correctly or it needs more display, it can hand it off to the iPhone.
Coming down the pipeline is pretty significant for devices, software and services
Your AppleWatch knows that its you, so with watchOS 3 and Mac Sierra together, when you use your Mac it will automatically unlock for you since it knows that it’s you. And speaking of ApplePay, the new Safari has the built in ability to ‘Purchase with ApplePay’ on webpages now, when you press any buttons online that say that it prompts you to verify the purchase with the TouchID on your iPhone, once verified, continue to surf the web.
However with new additions happening with the AppleWatch, where does the iPad play its part in continuity, how will the product of the AppleWatch service the ability to hand-off to an iPad? As well as the other product that is a significant player since its fourth generation update last year, the AppleTV. What sort of continuity can be built into that system that allows for full continuity, walking into my living room, sitting and walking out again. We won’t see any additions in this years suite of software, but future continuity is highly feasible.
Apple’s continuity is going to continue to grow as the product lines get larger, the abilities come to other products and eventually we will have a continuity system and the only thing left is the experience of using a phone versus a laptop, and not the restriction of what we can or can’t do on that device.