by Brent Dirks
June 18, 2014
The impressive Continuity feature found in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite may soon be making its way to the Apple TV. That’s according to a new report from 9to5Mac. As you probably know, Apple released a new round of beta versions on Tuesday for iOS 8, Yosemite, and the Apple TV. And users running the latest versions of the software have noticed an interesting notification. Some users with their OS X Yosemite machine and Apple TV on the same Wi-Fi network are seeing the above notification saying Continuity is available between the devices. There doesn’t seem to be any other information about the feature, so it could simply be a bug in beta software. But as the site speculates, Continuity on the Apple TV could open up a nice number of new uses:
Instead of needing to use AirPlay, Continuity and Handoff could technically allow a person to begin watching a movie on their iPad or iPhone, walk into their house, and that content will immediately and automatically begin playing on the Apple TV instead. Differentiating from AirPlay, there is no streaming from the iOS device involved and the process requires little to no user input. The content, instead, could be streamed to the Apple TV from the user’s iTunes in the Cloud account.Unfortunately, if Continuity does indeed come to the Apple TV, only users of the third-generation device will be able to take advantage of the feature. The second-generation Apple TV, released in 2010, doesn’t contain a Bluetooth 4.0 chip found in newer Macs and iOS devices. For other news today, see: International Price Drops Suggest New Apple TV And Mac mini Models Are Coming, Apple and Samsung May Finally Be Ready To Admit They Need Each Other, and Apple Unveils A Less Expensive iMac, But Still No Retina Display Model.