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Apple’s Continuity messaging feature delayed until after iOS 8 launch

The Continuity messaging feature that will allow iPhone owners to send cellular text messages from an iPad or a Mac OS X computer will not arrive with iOS 8 next week.

The feature, which is currently sitting in the iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas, unites the texting experience across Apple devices, regardless of whether the other sender or recipient is using iOS, Android or Windows handsets.

The tool was expected to launch with iOS 8 on September 17, but Apple has confirmed it won’t arrive as soon as initially thought.

In a post on its website Apple says Continuity is now “Coming in October”

That’s probably because the firm is holding back until Yosemite exits its own beta and goes public, which is expected to happen next month.

When it does arrive, Continuity will let iPhone owners interact with non-iPhone owners through SMS and MMS from an iPad or Mac. For example, if users get a text from an Android owner it’ll show up on their Mac.

Users will also be able to start a conversion from the Safari, Contacts or Calendar apps for Mac or iPad just by clicking a phone number.

The feature has been heralded as a major step in the ongoing drive to converge the iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. We’re just going to have to wait a little bit longer to get it…

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Via: 9to5Mac

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