Why no Continuity on mid-2011 Macbook Air 11"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by durrace, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. durrace macrumors newbie

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    I can get my mid-2011 Macbook Air 11" to do all Continuity features with my iPhone 6 by applying the Continuity-Activation-Tool hack ... why is Apple treating this model as incompatible and therefore not able to do Continuity by default, when it does it perfectly well with no side effects using the hack? Are they trying to force older model owners to upgrade hardware???
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Ah, another discontinued yet not so intuitive feature on old hardware.

    You can check if your Bluetooth hardware supports Bluetooth LE, which is better for power management. Of the answer is no, then I think this might be the root cause.
     
  3. motrek macrumors 68020

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    As eager as Apple is to obsolete hardware and software, they rarely do so without a technical reason.

    There's probably some obscure bug or limitation of the feature on your laptop that Apple didn't want to fix but you haven't run into yet.
     
  4. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    its the lack of BT-LE, but guess what? the continuity thing probably does not even need bluetooth to work, i use it all the time with BT disabled :)
     
  5. Krysztoff macrumors newbie

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    You can probably buy a Broadcom airport module that supports hand off and exchange it with the one in your MBA 2011. But indeed, for continuity, you don't need a new airport. I am using it on my 2009 iMac. (until I put a new module)
     
  6. windywalks macrumors 6502

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    You don't need to buy a new BT LE module, since the MBA 2011 supports it.
    I have the same computer at the office and it works well with Continuity Activation Tool - Instant Hotspot, Air Drop to iOS, Continuity - they all work.
    Apple just elected not to enable it for some reason.
     
  7. Davidglenn macrumors member

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    Same for me. The Continuity Tool works fine on my 2011 MBA and Continuity works well.
     

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