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1080p
Apr 8, 2012, 10:34 PM
Think about it. Apple WANTS you in their ecosystem. iPhones, iPod, iPad, OSX, iTunes & iCloud. But... there are still some people who have not embraced the entire Apple lifestyle. Some people who have iPhones, but no Mac. Some Mac owners who have Android phones.

How about using Messages to encourage more people to adopt Apple devices.

My idea...

I dock my iPhone to my iMac. Then... Messages on OSX takes over for my phone! So... in the Messages app, I would be able to send, receive & read SMS & MMS messages sent to/from my iPhone's phone number. The OSX Messages app would no longer be limited to iMessage. This would be a HUGE feature.

What do you think?



1080p
Apr 8, 2012, 11:20 PM
Hell... while we're at it... how about updating the FaceTime app to be a full fledged calling app... using your iPhone's cell service.

vmachiel
Apr 9, 2012, 03:43 AM
That is an awesome idea. Talk about integration of ios and os x

Mad Mac Maniac
Apr 9, 2012, 08:30 AM
Yeah, I think I remember talking about this idea a couple of years ago here on MR. I think you might be a bit over excited about it, but it is something I agree should be done. haha.

The part I disagree is "docking to your Mac". People don't do that anymore. But if there could be like a 5 foot geofence around your Mac and whenever your iPhone is in that geofense it is connected to your Mac in many ways. Text messaging would probably just be the tip of the iceburg. You've already had the idea of phone calls and I'm sure there is more possibilities. Maybe things like file transfer.. Air play... etc.

It would be cool to start a call on your Mac, grab your phone to leave, and your convo automatically switches to your iPhone once you leave the geofence.

kooskoos1814
Apr 9, 2012, 09:09 AM
I really love Apple products and I have had 3 Macbooks, 2 iMac, an Apple TV and 1 iPad these last 5 years, but, you can already do that flawlessly on every operating system with an Android smartphone with AirDroid ;-)

All you need is an internet access and browser on both machines and AirDroid app on the phone ;-)

eagandale4114
Apr 9, 2012, 09:45 AM
The part I disagree is "docking to your Mac". People don't do that anymore. But if there could be like a 5 foot geofence around your Mac and whenever your iPhone is in that geofense it is connected to your Mac in many ways. Text messaging would probably just be the tip of the iceburg. You've already had the idea of phone calls and I'm sure there is more possibilities. Maybe things like file transfer.. Air play... etc.


Remember the NFC mac to iOS device link patents from a few years ago? That would work great.

ScottishDuck
Apr 13, 2012, 03:09 AM
What you are talking about is a patented WebOS feature.

jnl1211
Apr 13, 2012, 09:17 AM
What you are talking about is a patented WebOS feature.

and a jb tweak

Freyqq
Apr 14, 2012, 09:46 PM
how about a much simpler idea. Allow your mbp to act as a bluetooth headset using the mic and speakers. Much better quality than the integrated mic and speakers of an iphone.

ntrigue
Apr 14, 2012, 10:01 PM
Nice idea but wait until June and your wish comes true. Mountain Lion has both Messages and FaceTime integration and it doesn't matter where your device is.

Mad Mac Maniac
Apr 15, 2012, 10:58 AM
Nice idea but wait until June and your wish comes true. Mountain Lion has both Messages and FaceTime integration and it doesn't matter where your device is.

Did you even read the OP? He's talking about texting with people that don't have iPhones....

ntrigue
Apr 15, 2012, 06:56 PM
Did you even read the OP? He's talking about texting with people that don't have iPhones....

That was the most rational response I could give someone that wants Android phones to utilize Apple's servers. Idiotic.

Mad Mac Maniac
Apr 15, 2012, 08:52 PM
That was the most rational response I could give someone that wants Android phones to utilize Apple's servers. Idiotic.

Uhhh really? It has nothing to do with "android utilizing apple's servers"... He's simply suggesting that when your iPhone is connected to your Mac you could use your Mac to send text messages to all cell phones. It would stil be your iPhone sending texts just as always but you could use your computer to do the typing

appleguy123
Apr 15, 2012, 08:59 PM
I think about this every time I'm SMSing people. Every time your Mac, IPad, or iPhone are connected to the same network, they should receive all SMS, mms, and iMessages and be able to respond to it.

It's not so much that it would be a feature, it needs to be there to be intuitive. I don't want to think about if my friends have iPhones when I want to message them.

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and a jb tweak

Does it already exist? What's the name?

jnl1211
Apr 16, 2012, 04:50 PM
I think about this every time I'm SMSing people. Every time your Mac, IPad, or iPhone are connected to the same network, they should receive all SMS, mms, and iMessages and be able to respond to it.

It's not so much that it would be a feature, it needs to be there to be intuitive. I don't want to think about if my friends have iPhones when I want to message them.

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Does it already exist? What's the name?

DeskSMS
http://www.redmondpie.com/desksms-for-iphone-lets-you-sendreceive-sms-from-desktop-web-browser-gmail-or-gtalk-jailbreak-app/