Thursday of last week Tim Cook took to the stage at WWDC 2014 announcing one of the biggest software updates for mac users in Apple’s history – OS X Yosemite. Yosemite brought a huge design overhaul compared to previous OS X updates in the past, with bright, bold colours and cool transparent menu bars etc. The update also brought along many new and exciting features that i’m sure will be welcomed with open hands for many Apple fans and Mac users. Two of the most anticipated new features named Continuity and Hand-off that will be available to iOS 8 and Yosemite users will allow them to pick up actions started on one device and seamlessly continue them on another device running the same software.
However, these exciting new features are not available across all of Apple’s product line-up. And If, like me, you own a Apple product that’s older than or released in 2011 apart from the Macbook Air mid 2011 range, you will not able to use the Continuity or Hand-off features. The reason for this is that devices like the iPad 2 do not come installed with Bluetooth 4.0 LE and therefore you cannot establish the connection between devices that is necessary for the Continuity features to be able to work.
The iPad 2 is 3 years old, therefore some people believe it’s outdated and time for an upgrade. And yes, the hardware maybe slightly outdated, which maybe true, but the iPad 2 was probably one of Apples most iconic releases since the original iPhone back in 2007 and many people would have bought it and will be still using it despite many new iPads released since. It would have been nice to see these new features capable of working on the iPad 2 but if you are truly wanting to use OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 to its full potential, you will probably need to get down to Apple and dig deep into your pockets and purchase an iPad that’s fully compatible with Apples latest software releases.