Which OS X Yosemite features will be supported on which Macs?

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  1. maclunian macrumors member

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    Which OS X Yosemite features will be supported on which macs?

    (e.g. Will 2010 macs get phone and SMS capabilities or will these require newer (802.11ac wifi-capable or bluetooth 4.0-capable) macs)

    I've tried to find specs on the apple site but can't see any... :confused:
     
  2. Yakibomb macrumors 6502

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    My guess would be 802.11ac wifi and/or Bluetooth LE. From what I've seen in other threads it looks like SMS may work over Wifi so that feature should work on all macs not to sure about continuity and calling though
     
  3. Ozid macrumors member

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    I can confirm SMS worked on my 2010 Macbook Pro (10.10) while I had iOS 8 on my iPhone.
     
  4. Julien macrumors G3

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    Mac's that don't have built in WiFi will probably miss out on all iOS sharing features.
     
  5. rritterson macrumors 6502

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    Has Apple ever limited customer-facing features in OS X to certain Macs? I know certain backend technologies like quartz2D were limited to particular hardware, but not software features AFAIK.
     
  6. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Recently I thought you just had to be running the version of iOS that included the feature like 10.6+ for App Store or 10.7+ for iCloud. Not sure about these newer features though since it involves more than just operating system and system specs.
     
  7. Julien macrumors G3

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    AirPlay.;)
     
  8. hamiltonDSi macrumors 65832

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    ...and AirDrop
    oh, oh ! and PowerNap

    :D
     
  9. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Exactly.

    What this means is that Apple (usually) includes everything they can unless the hardware literally cannot support it. Airplay? That requires the core I series (i3, i5, i7) wireless display function (known as WiDi on PCs). Powernap? That's a special lower power state the I series can do, but the Core2Duo series doesn't support.

    My guesses:

    Continuity utilizes iBeacon technology for proximity sensing, which relies on bluetooth 4.0, so my 2009 MBP is unlikely to get it.

    I can say confidently though that I believe any model from the mac mini to the mac pro, with all laptops in between, that have an i3, i5, or i7 will get full functionality.
     
  10. stiligFox macrumors 65816

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    Actually that's not entirely true -- I have a 2010 MacBook Air that supports PowerNap. It was enabled via an official firmware update a few months after the OS was released.
     
  11. Altemose macrumors G3

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    It was also only enabled in 10.8.2+ in addition to the firmware update.
     
  12. haravikk macrumors 65816

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    Didn't AirDrop work for all Macs with built in WiFi? You can actually enable it to work over a every network interface (ethernet etc.) too, though it requires a defaults command via Terminal.

    PowerNap does require hardware so it's not too surprising.


    So far some of the iOS 8 integration features seem to require Bluetooth 4.0, which is a bit odd as you'd think they should work over WiFi as well; I mean, a lot of people just disable Bluetooth entirely to save battery (even if it's not quite the hog it used to be), but will more likely have WiFi enabled when at home.
     
  13. Julien macrumors G3

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    Handoff probably requires BT ("When your Mac and iOS devices are near each other") but why would it have to be BT-LE? This wold element many if not most Macs. Did Apple specify BT-LE in the Keynote?

    It looks like (and Apple even says) that the other services will be WiFi.
     
  14. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Ah, I guess the 2009 variant was the last that supported it.:eek:

    Thanks for the correction!
     
  15. tarasis macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Mid 2009 13" MBP with 10.10 and I have it on the same wifi as my 5S (iOS 8b1) but I am not seeing continuity/handoff working.
     
  16. jmazzamj macrumors regular

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    Well, there aren't many Macs with no built in WiFi that can run Yosemite in the first place. Did you mean WiFi ac? That or BT 4LE are likely the key IMHO.

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    That would make sense in order to reduce power drain and give both your devices longer battery life while using that feature...
     
  17. Julien macrumors G3

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    No, many if not most Mac Pros (3,1-5,1) including mine don't have built in WiFi.;)
     
  18. JoEw macrumors 65816

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    Not all i-series chips have bluetooth 4.0.
     
  19. maclunian thread starter macrumors member

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    Does that mean 802.11n macs in 2012 and Early 2013 would be cut off?
     
  20. dba415 macrumors 6502

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    I was not aware of the possibility that certain continuity features may not work on my 2010 MBP. That is a bummer.
     
  21. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    The bluetooth controller is an entirely different chip, it has nothing to do with the CPU.
     

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