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iOS 8 SMS sharing between iPhone and iPad will now arrive in October

Apple has made a slight change to its website detailing continuity in iOS 8, with a note that the handoff of SMS/MMS between iOS devices will now be coming in October. No mention is made on the site about a new date for iOS 8's voice call handoff feature, so it seems like that might come with the initial release of iOS 8 on Wednesday, September 17.

SMS handoff between devices running iOS 8, as well as Macs running OS X Yosemite, is one of the major features of Continuity on both operating system. Be sure to check out our overview of SMS/MMS handoff.

Are you disappointed by this delay? Sound off in the comments.

Source: Apple{.nofollow}, via 9to5Mac

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

18 Comments
  • Well clearly they found something that needs to be fixed and important enough for them to bother, so why be mad? I'd rather have it work later and not have it now, than have it now and it not work... Posted via iMore App
  • Exactly. At least they did not hold the whole release. Sent from the iMore App
  • This probably just means OS X Yosemite will be released in October. Can't really sell Continuity if it only works between iOS 8 devices when they've said it'd work with Macs.
  • This seems unlike apple. I don't remember them doing anything like this in the past? Sent from the iMore App
  • That's so strange. I was sending SMS's from my iPad mini yesterday. Now, the option to send carrier SMS is gone from the Settings app. Making cellular calls from the iPad still works though. Very strange, indeed.
  • Man that sucks. It was working great yesterday and is a killer feature!
  • Some of us have Yosemite already installed. I'd like to keep it working. It's been great for workflow.
  • Awww man come on apple very upset Sent from the iMore App
  • I actually went back and read that first post on what this service is and frankly I am pretty excited about this. Many of my friends do have iPhones so we iMessage all the time but I do have a group of co-workers who we constantly group text each other but some use those "lesser" phones. This was always cumbersome because at home I like to just have my iPad with me but had to also have my phone handy for those texts but now I do not have to worry about it. It is a small thing but will definitely be providing value-add to my life.
  • So, I've been texting droidies from my iPad since beta 5. Now I can send them from my iPad, but I'm only getting responses on my phone. (Sent messages get the "Not Delivered" error, even though they are being delivered.) Very odd
  • The UK version of the website hasn't been updated to reflect the delay to October (yet?). Sent from the iMore App
  • I've noticed that it's been a little off with the Yosemite beta as of recently. Maybe they ran into a couple of snags with GM? Sent from the iMore App
  • There's on iOS 8 update in October for Pay, and Yosemite's due in October as well yeah? Just sounds like they're bundling it altogether?
  • This feature is available in iosbeta gm
  • ^ this ^ Sent from the iMore App
  • I wasn't expecting this feature until Yosemite came out and Connectivity then worked across iOS and OS X
  • OK, but now that we know that Continuity + Handoff won't be available on iPad 2/3 & iPhone 4S which features are exclusive for other devices ?
    Will iPod Touch, iPhone 5/5C, iPad 4, iPad Mini get everything from updating to iOS 8 ? Health is only for the iPhones so that leaves Extensibility, iCloud, new keyboard/photos/messages, NC, AirDrop, Spotlight and Siri improvements (of course A7 iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina will get the full experience except for the rumoured hidden split-screen). Can anyone confirm from the GM release the support ?
  • Well that explains things a bit. Couldn't figure why I was getting calls but not SMS on my iPad.