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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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Yosemite 'Hand Off' Feature Limited to Macs with Bluetooth LE




One of the more exciting features in Apple's upcoming OS X Yosemite is the Handoff feature that allows a seamless app transition between your Mac and iOS devices.

The feature, however, is based on Bluetooth 4.0/LE which was first introduced in Macs in Mid 2011. The feature has since made its way into later Mac releases, finally coming to every Mac as of the 2013 Mac Pro.

Apfeleimer has published this chart which shows all Macs that support Yosemite, and the subset of those which have support for this version of Bluetooth:


The full bars represent Macs that can run OS X Yosemite, while only Mac models in the green bar timeframes support the required Bluetooth protocol for Handoff. For iOS users, the iPad 2 is the only device that is capable of running iOS 8 but doesn't come with hardware support for Bluetooth LE. While Apfeleimer expresses some uncertainty in their article about this being an absolute requirement, in the WWDC sessions, Apple clearly states that Handoff runs on Bluetooth LE technology.

OS X Yosemite is in developer beta right now and will be released to customers later this year.

Article Link: Yosemite 'Hand Off' Feature Limited to Macs with Bluetooth LE
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:31 PM   #2
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Ah, so now we know how this works, it's through Bluetooth. I was kind of hoping it'd involve being on a LAN together. I guess my current MacBook Pro won't work. That's a shame.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:32 PM   #3
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External bluetooth module, here I come.


Unless you are shipping an iMac with Retina display with your OSX Yosemite, Apple.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:32 PM   #4
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Oh, darn, another reason to upgrade! Well, my hands are tied now.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:32 PM   #5
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Both my MBP and Mac mini just made it. I guess I got lucky this time.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:33 PM   #6
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Are there any 3rd party BT 4.0/LE things available? Any hope to get this work with Mac Pro Mid 2010?
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:34 PM   #7
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i dont believe that on a mac mini 2011 works and on a iMac 2011 it doesnt

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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:34 PM   #8
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So does this mean my Early 2011 15" MacBook Pro won't be able to use my iPhone as a relay for SMS and voice calls, or is that separate from where the devices allow you to continue certain tasks on the other?
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:34 PM   #9
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Ah, so now we know how this works, it's through Bluetooth. I was kind of hoping it'd involve being on a LAN together. I guess my current MacBook Pro won't work. That's a shame.
Just get a usb bluetooth adaptor on the cheap and you'll be set.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:34 PM   #10
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So mid 2011 MacBookPros aren't compatible with handoff.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:35 PM   #11
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Are there any 3rd party BT 4.0/LE things available? Any hope to get this work with Mac Pro Mid 2010?
Adding a dongle isn't going to work. Yosemite probably checks the hardware revision your system is on.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:35 PM   #12
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So, does that mean my late 2011 MacBook Pro doesn't work?

I guess so. 😏
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:35 PM   #13
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I have the mid 2012 Pro so hopefully I have it not 100% sure
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:36 PM   #14
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Good thing Google Voice rings on all my devices regardless.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:36 PM   #15
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That Yosemite chart seems incomplete - the older plastic MacBooks are missing. I fully expect my 2009 white MacBook to run Yosemite even though it won't do Hand Off.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:36 PM   #16
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I have a Mid-2011 MBA, which is supposed to have it. Where would I check on my laptop?
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:36 PM   #17
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there is a mistake because i think imac 2011 works as well
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:39 PM   #18
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Dam! My 2011 iMac isn't supported :-(

Can Bluetooth 4.0 LE support be added with an external USB bluetooth dongle? And would it support Hand Off?
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:39 PM   #19
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I have a late 2011 Macbook Pro. It's a shame it doesn't work with this model because I'm not buying another computer anytime within the next 3-4 years.
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there is a mistake because i think imac 2011 works as well
As in you've seen it work?

http://support.apple.com/kb/SP623?vi...S&locale=en_US
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:40 PM   #21
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Mac Mini Mid 2011 ftw !
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:41 PM   #22
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Good thing Google Voice rings on all my devices regardless.
So does FaceTime. This has nothing to do with that, please try to follow the conversation. In fact, the new features allowing you to send SMS messages and place regular phone calls from your Mac DO work without bluetooth LE, my 2010 MBP proves that. Those are features that go far beyond anything Google Voice can offer Mac users.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:41 PM   #23
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:42 PM   #24
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I have a late 2011 Macbook Pro. It's a shame it doesn't work with this model because I'm not buying another computer anytime within the next 3-4 years.
You're going to use a 2011 Machine in 2017? Good for you grandpa, but you won't be using the latest software or OS features.
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Old Jun 15, 2014, 12:43 PM   #25
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I have the latest MBA and an iPad 3, running Yosemite and iOS 8, but I couldn't get this thing to work.

Anyone had any luck with this?
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