Apple really needs to add a dial pad in OS X

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by SDAVE, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Now that you can make calls from your Mac (using Handoff) it needs to add a dialer in OS X. In the FaceTime app I'm able to enter any phone number and dial it, but it just seems non-intuitive.
     
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    How would you want it to work/look like? You'd still have to use your keyboard...

    Wouldn't be hard to make a little dialer app that opens whenever FaceTime does.
     
  3. SDAVE thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Maybe make it look like the iOS calculator? That would be nice. Like a little popup on the side of Facetime.

    This feature is pretty much unknown by the majority of the users. I can even hit numbers during a call and go through menus.
     
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Ehh, I think more people than you think know that. I pay my phone bill over AT&T's automation system. :p

    But sure, that wouldn't be bad. Do you use a MacBook? People will just tell you to get a keyboard with a numpad on the side, or one of the bluetooth ones they have.
     
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    Last year when Yosemite was in beta and then got released there was an app for free (now I think it's a couple dollars) called Continuity Keypad. It did exactly what you want. Brings up a phone keypad that you can make calls with, and has a widget for the Notification Center.

    *edit to add a link to the app*

    http://www.getkeypad.co/home.html
     
  6. boston04and07 macrumors 65816

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    Totally agree. I would love a phone app that also gave us access to our voicemails, maybe via iCloud integration or something. For me, the value of being able to take calls on OS X is pretty diminished because of the fact that I can't listen to a resulting voicemail when I decline a call - I need to have my phone with me anyway to do that. I get a lot of spam calls, and therefore pretty much always decline a call when I don't recognize the number. It's handy for placing calls, but until I can listen to my voicemails, I still need my iPhone at my side, therefore rendering OS X phone calls kind of pointless for me personally.

    However, I would find it a very useful feature if this were fixed. I would be able to leave my phone charging when I have my MacBook Pro in my lap at home at night and use the OS X phone call feature instead.
     
  7. heathpitts macrumors member

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    I agree on this feature request. I've used the Keypad app linked above and it does work ok for the most part. However, after pasting in or dialing the number in the app, you do have to select "call" on the FaceTime prompt at the top right of the screen. Not a big deal but another click nonetheless. Great idea on the voicemails as well.
     
  8. SDAVE thread starter macrumors 68040

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  9. boston04and07 macrumors 65816

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    Totally agree!
     

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