I love ubiquity in web products. I dream of a future where anything from books, photos, websites, movies, music are at the reach of our thumbs in any device. A world of non-existing physical hard-drives, a world where we don’t have to worry about backing up content in a myriad of different services. We are starting to get there with cloud services and content streaming, and recently handoff by Apple, but we are not quite there yet.
Using iMessage has been a pleasure since day one, having the ability to answer text messages in any (Apple) device is quite convenient, and now even SMSs come through to all devices. It’s a bliss!
The continuity feature in Safari is also something I’m quite pleased with. Just today I was looking for a recipe on my laptop and once I found it I picked up my iPad and headed to kitchen to make it happen. I can’t wait for other app developers to implement this.
Now handoff in incoming voice calls is a completely different story and I’m amazed how unpolished it is. This is my problem: when someone calls me all my devices start ringing at once. It’s quite convenient to be able to take the call in the device that is closest, but if I silence the call in one device the others just keep on ringing until the caller gives up or the call goes to voice mail. Now, I’m not someone who gets a lot of calls in a day, but I get enough for it to really start getting on my nerves. If an undesired call isn’t bad enough, having to listen to two or devices ringing at once makes it even worse.
Right now Apple only allows you to enable or disable handoff, there’s nothing else you can do with it:
There’s a lot that can be done here, choosing which features you want to enable seems like no brainer to start.
There’s a bunch of things I would like to see in the future, here are a few:
- Unlocking your Mac/iPad by proximity to the iPhone
- Seamlessly transfer playing music/movies from one device to the other
- Keeping context between devices by bringing the last app used on one device to the next, if applicable
I know that one day everything will transition seamlessly between devices, or even better, there will be no devices, just screens that follow us around. One step at a time.