Which iPhone will work with handoff in between macs and itself. I'm looking into buying one and I want to make sure I could use handoff.


The 'Handoff' functionality depends on your iOS version and device hardware, as well as your Mac hardware. As it states in in the Apple support page for 'Handoff':

Handoff works with several apps that come with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8: Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Maps, Messages, Notes, Phone (iOS only), Reminders, and Safari. It also works with Keynote v6.5, Numbers v3.5, and Pages v5.5 for Mac, and Keynote, Numbers, and Pages v2.5 for iOS. Third-party apps may also work with Handoff.

iOS hardware that is compatible with Handoff:

  • iPhone 4S (sharing iPhone calls only)
  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPod Touch (5th generation)
  • iPad 4th gen and iPad Air/Air 2
  • iPad mini, mini with Retina display and mini 3

Further requirements for specific features are found on Apple's support page.

Mac hardware that is compatible with Handoff:

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
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    Just because a device can run iOS 8 doesn't mean that all features of it are available. Handoff requires specific hardware in the phone, too. I edited your post with a corrected list of compatible devices. support.apple.com/en-us/HT204689
    – tubedogg
    May 23 '15 at 15:31
  • That is good to know. May 23 '15 at 15:33

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