Handoff was one of the most talked about features at the WWDC when Apple introduced both Yosemite, OSX 10.10 and iOS 8. Handoff is an interesting feature that basically connects your iOS and OSX device unlike ever before. Apps that will support Handoff such as Mail, Pages etc will let you resume the work that you might be doing on an iOS device straight from the same stage on your Macbook and vice versa. Apple made the APIs of handoff available at the WWDC, which would allow developers to bring the feature to their apps. This means, third party apps like Evernote or Todoist, that work both on iOS and OSX should definitely get Handoff with future updates.
You will require Bluetooth LE on your Macbook for handoff to work. However, while most of the new Macbooks have the feature, if your machine is two to three years old, there is a chance, despite getting the update to Yosemite, you will not get the Handoff feature due to the lack of Bluetooth LE support. Officially, according to Apple, the following devices and models beyond will get the feature:
- MacBook Air mid-2011 model
- MacBook Pro 2012 model
- iMac 2012 model
- Mac mini 2011 model
- Mac Pro 2013 model
However, if you are still, not sure, there is a very easy way to find out if your device will support the feature. To do this, you need to check the hardware configuration of your Mac OSX and find out whether Bluetooth Low Energy is supported. To do this, follow the steps below:
Click on the Apple icon in the Menubar and select, ‘About this Mac’.
Once you click that, you will see a small window open, click on More info there and you will bring up the ‘About This Mac’ Window. Here, you will need to click on ‘System Report’.
Once you have the report open, in the sidebar, look for ‘Bluetooth’ under the heading of ‘Hardware’. Here, towards the end of the first scroll, before the list of connected devices, you will find the LMP version of Bluetooth. Make sure it is listed as 0x6. If it is this, your Macbook will support Handoff and every other feature of OSX Yosemite that involves the requirement of Bluetooth LE.
Do let us know in the section below if you found this article helpful and if your Macbook does support Bluetooth LE.