At WWDC 2014 Apple showed off OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The new software brings tighter integration between both platforms thanks to a feature called Continuity. Basically a Mac and an iPhone would be able to interact with each other behind the scene when they’re in close proximity. So if a user is editing a document on a Mac and their iPhone is lying beside the computer, a simple swipe on the lockscreen can take them to where they left off on the computer. Now it appears that Continuity may also make its way to the Apple TV.
Yesterday Apple seeded iOS 8 beta 2, as well as a new beta of OS X Yosemite and a beta for the Apple TV. Developers who updated all of their devices have found a new pop up notification which suggests that even the Apple TV may get Continuity features.
The notifications were seen by developers that were running the new beta of Yosemite on the same network to which an Apple TV was connected, also running the latest beta software. This suggests that Yosemite will bring a new way through which Macs can interact with Apple’s set-top box.
It is not known right now exactly how Continuity features will work on the Apple TV, since the device can’t be used for editing documents or running productivity applications.
Though its possible that the Handoff feature might ensure seamless transfer of movies and music from a Mac to the Apple TV. Its also possible that the Apple TV may display notifications from an iOS device or Mac connected to the same network so users won’t be completely out of the loop when they’re enjoying content on the big screen.
New software for all of the aforementioned Apple products is going to be released this fall. While Apple didn’t talk about Continuity on its set-top box it will certainly be interesting to see how this feature develops as the beta program rolls on.