3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2012 12:46 AM by rustianimal Branched to a new discussion.
rustianimal Level 1 Level 1

I want to be able to interact with my iPhone using Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. Some of the things I want to do are:


- display my iPhone screen on my MacBook Pro screen

- open & close apps and generally interact with my iPhone using my MacBook Pro screen, keyboard & mouse

- compose SMS messages on my MacBook and send them through my iPhone

- read SMS messages on my MacBook that have been received on my iPhone

- get my iPhone to dial numbers from my OS X Address Book simply by clicking on the number in the OS X Address Book App (e.g. no interaction with iPhone involved). Would like to get a similar means of controlling my Cisco/Linksys VoIP phone in the same way if I could, but hey - one thing at a time.


My philosophy is this:


- I have used a Mac for the past 28 years and find it the best computer interface since sliced bread.

- I type at over 80 words a minute, so find it easier to type stuff on my Mac than on iPhone or other iOS device

- my iPhone (or my VoIP phone) is just another communications device that merges with my MacBook and extends my communications media to include voice & SMS along with other media such as Skype, iChat, Facetime (which I have on my MacBook btw), etc.


Together, my iPhone, MacBook Pro, iPad, etc. should form a seamless communications system that enables me to communicate with anyone, anywhere, using whatever method I choose (Voice, video, SMS, email, Facebook message, etc).


A nice to have would be able to integrate all the messages, phone call logs, etc. into Address Book, so that when I open a particular contact, there is an option to show me all the communications I have had with that person in whatever format.


So, anyone any ideas?


Apple, when do you think some of these features will become integrated features in OS X and iOS?

MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2 GHz), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • KiltedTim Level 9 Level 9

    It's not going to happen.


    You are not speaking to Apple. There's no-one here but us users.

  • k.kofflard Level 1 Level 1

    well, i will.
    but not that specific. http://www.apple.com/osx/ scroll down to messages. thats the only thing they come with.

  • rustianimal Level 1 Level 1

    KiltedTim - Apple do read these types of posts in order to pick up isses in their software, help develop pre-emptive bug-fixes, and identify future feature requirements.


    k.kofflard - The link you give is for an updated version of OS X Mail that is available only in Mountain Lion. Messages is already on iOS 5 which I have on my iPhone. Whilst it enables messaging to other OS X and iOS devices, it can communicates mainly via the IP protocol and overiding SMS - e.g. when the iOS device is attached to an IP network, it bypasses SMS and messages the other iOS/OSX device directly. This is neat because if saves on text message charges to other iOS/OSX users, but does not work at all with non-Apple users (e.g. currently 90%+ of the population). However, if I try to message a contact who only has an old Ericsson mobile phone, it won't work on OS X and iOS5 simply reverts to SMS if it has a GSM connection (which of course Macs, iPods and most iPads do not have).


    The point is we live in a hybrid OS world and will always need to exchange message with non-Apple devices. What I need is a simple means to use my existing SMS capability of my iPhone (to message non-Apple users), but drive the messages from my MacBook Pro using OS X. Surely it can't be that difficult to create a small App that enables this function?