Make calls, use Siri through your Mac with Connect

Make calls, use Siri through your Mac with Connect

Connect for Mac is a new app that lets you place phone calls, organize your contacts, and even use Siri when your phone is connected to your Mac. Using Bluetooth, Connect connects to your phone and presents a simple dial pad with a sidebar on the left. The upper right corner of the app will display the current signal strength and battery charge of your phone. Type a phone number or the name of your contact to dial, though you can also initiate calls from the contact list. You can organize your contacts, including favorites, and view your call history.

You can also use Siri, speaking through your Mac's microphone. The audio output will come through your Mac's speakers. However, you will not be able to use Siri while the screen is locked if you have a password enabled, including Touch ID for those with an iPhone 5s.

You can buy Connect from the Mac App Store right now for $2.99.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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asuperstarr says:

Wow! This is a cool app. I have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

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Becjr says:

That's interesting, but if I have my phone right next to me... Why would I use my computer to make calls through my phone? It seems like squeezing a middle man into the equation.

dreyfus2 says:

Before the iPhone arrived in 2007 Address Book in OS X did support a lot of these capabilities (excluding Siri, of course). I had a little Nokia slider back then, paired it with the Mac and could dial every number from Address Book, could send text messages using my Mac, and when somebody called me (and I had my phone on silent, like during meetings) a nice overlay showing the Caller ID (and Name if available) appeared on the Mac.

Obviously the usability of an application like Connect is limited by e.g. conflicting with a Passcode or Touch ID. What am I going to do? Disable security features on my phone to use this software? Nope.

This screams (ok, I exaggerate) for a first party solution. At least Apple should bring things back that worked fine almost a decade ago. Showing notifications on a paired Mac, dialling from Address Book and using the Mac as a hands-free phone are quite obvious convenience features that should just be there.

Jay Mobile says:

It's about time

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thailandjohn says:

Unable to get the app to work