Anyone else having trouble with texting non iPhone users from iPad?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Mikhailov, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. Mikhailov macrumors regular

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    Calling works just fine, but my texts started coming through on my iPad, then just stopped. I am on iOS 8 GM on iPad Air and iPhone 5.
     
  2. That-Guy macrumors 6502a

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    Apple has pulled this feature until October I think according to their website.

    But still been working on and off for me.
     
  3. Mikhailov thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really? That was unexpected. I wonder why. Was working great until last night sometime.
     
  4. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    How the hell did they remotely pull a feature that operates entirely locally?

    That's a bit scary. Same here; it was working great, then stopped mysteriously.

    It's making me wonder just how much control Apple has over our devices.
     
  5. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    More than we want to know.
     
  6. atrevers macrumors regular

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    I don't think it's entirely local - pretty certain mine was working when phone and Mac weren't on same wifi (i.e. It was syncing SMS to Mac whilst I was out of the house). If that's the case, easy for them to turn off!

    Also, they've always had granular control - after earlier iOS releases they've enabled options etc at later points when features have gone live after release dates (sadly I can't remember concrete examples).
     
  7. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    It doesn't work locally. It forwards calls via FaceTime and SMS via iMessage.

    Phone receives SMS -> Phone sends SMS up to iMessage -> iMessage sends SMS down to your other devices.

    Same goes with calls.
     
  8. Skika macrumors 68030

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    Sms relay is NOT done locally. Basically when your iPhone receives an sms it sends it to Apple' servers which then pushes it to your iPad or Mac.
     
  9. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    They normally do this with point releases. So I imagine 8.0.1 or 8.0.2 will enable "handoff", and will coincide with the launch of Yosemite.
     
  10. pickaxe macrumors 6502a

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    Don't forget Phone receives SMS -> Phone sends SMS to NSA server farm.

    just kidding, it's easily one of the most useful features Apple has added in years.
     
  11. charlituna macrumors G3

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    clearly it doesn't operate 'entirely locally'.
     
  12. atrevers macrumors regular

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    Normally, yes, but there have been occasions where they've added new items to the Settings menu for a particular (probably non "marquee") feature between point releases. I can't for the life of me remember what, but I seem to remember it was something in the early days of iCloud; hopefully somebody out there has a better memory than me and can enlighten us.

    Certainly in this case, they can disable or enable SMS relay without needing to do a point release, especially given that all the other aspects of handoff and continuity are working already provided you're using Yosemite and iOS 8. I suspect they'll just turn the feature back on server-side around the time that Yosemite goes GM.
     

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