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Older Macs can also run Handoff

We had been saying for weeks that only the latest Bluetooth 4.0 Macs would be compatible with the Handoff feature of the new OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. However, one of the things we were thinking about was that we could still make our Macs compatible by installing a Bluetooth 4.0 USB stick .

Well, it seems to be possible, since a user of a 2008 Mac Pro has been able to run Handoff on his computer through the installation of an additional Bluetooth card . Remember that officially and to date the only Macs compatible with Handoff are those that integrate Bluetooth LE as standard, i.e. from MacBook Air (mid 2011), MacBook Pro (mid 2012), iMac (late 2012) and Mac Pro (late 2013).

Older Macs can also run Handoff
Older Macs can also run Handoff

But as we say, this is not definitive, since OS X Yosemite is still in the testing phase and Apple may decide at any time to open this functionality to older Macs even at the cost of increasing the power consumption of Bluetooth, which for example in equipment such as iMac or Mac Pro would not matter at all.

That said, at the moment it’s best to wait and see what Apple finally decides , but in the worst case it seems that by buying a compatible Bluetooth stick we’ll be able to do the Handoff function between our iPhone or iPad with the Mac.

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