iMac and iPad communication.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by exanimo, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. exanimo macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2016
    So despite what I thought what I wanted, I ended up buying an iPad and an iMac.

    I've been wondering though...

    Maybe you remember my obsession with being offline and not sharing my information or writing, but I'm curious about how this new computer is talking to my new iPad.

    My iMac is supposed to be an offline work machine. It has Wifi disabled and no ethernet. Only for my personal writing and nothing else. It should not be connected at all.

    It really bothers me, however, that I surf the web and iMessage on my iPad, yet my iMac still recognizes both of these occurances. Why is this happening?
  2. sflomenb macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2011
  3. exanimo thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2016
    You know when something new happens on your iPad, it shows up on the iMac? I'm wondering why new things on the ipad are still showing up on my iMac even though it's not connected to the internet at all.
  4. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Probably bluetooth. Apple has made the whole "handoff" thing very reliable these days... the machines will use absolutely any way they can to communicate with eachother.
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    Just disable iMessage on your computer...
  5. exanimo thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2016
    Bluetooth is not connected.
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    It's not just iMessage.

    Still ... Why should iMessage see anything at all if it's not on the internet?
  6. sflomenb macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2011
    Really weird. Not sure.
  7. username: macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2013
    If Bluetooth and wifi and Ethernet are all off, handoff will not work.
    Are you sure Bluetooth is turned off on the iMac? How are you using the wireless keyboard and mouse?
  8. infiniteentropy macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    Sounds like this combination does not match your concern for absolute privacy. For that, I recommend Tails:

    Though Bluetooth may not be always connected, I'm betting it occasionally sends information over it in order to remain updated. Or not. In any case, this combo does not jive with your privacy demands, and that is an impasse that isn't easy to resolve.

    Just my 2 cents.
  9. jerwin macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2015
  10. ipsychedelic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2012
    Apple's continuity works with a combo of Wifi+Bluetooth. So if you have both disabled you shouldn't see anything at all.

    HOWEVER, since this is an iMac, chances are bluetooth is obviously enabled for using the apple wireless keyboard + mouse. In which case, you'd need to use a third party keyboard+mouse combo via USB to disable bluetooth and hence all kind of communication.
  11. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    What do you mean by "connected"?

    Handoff/Continuity doesn't show as a connection in your bluetooth menu. It is just automatic.

    Turn OFF bluetooth on all of your devices and I guarantee that there will be no communication between your Mac and your iPhone/iPad (with bluetooth on all three stay in communication... all the time).
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Do you ever connect your iPad to your iMac with the USB cable?
  13. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    You don't have to make a connection between them for handoff to work. At some point you probably signed into your Apple ID on the iMac and this is what's connecting them.

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