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DockPhone: Dedicated Phone & Contact App + Widget For Mac, Uses iOS 8 Continuity

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If you are looking for a one-stop solution for managing phone calls, and contacts, look no further than DockPhone. It is an excellent dedicated phone app for Mac, which uses your iPhone for calls.

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The ‘Continuity’ features in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 closes the gap between the desktop, and mobile world. You can seamlessly switch between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac for tasks like phone calls, messages, emails, browsing, and more. There is also Instant Hotspot which automatically connects your Mac to your iPhone’s wireless data connection, in case there is no WiFi around.

Now, focusing on just phone calls, you can indeed both receive and make calls from your Mac, but the process is hardly straight-forward, or even self-explanatory. In order to dial a phone number, you are required to use the FaceTime app. Otherwise, you need to open up the Contacts app to dial a specific contact.

The problem, if it is not clear to you yet, is that there isn’t a single, unified solution for making and receiving phone calls, and searching for contacts.

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The answer lies in the excellent DockPhone app by Raffael Hannemann. It is a nice looking little app which allows you to dial any phone number, search for contacts, and then use your Mac to make iPhone calls. It also comes with a dedicated Most Recent contacts widget for OS X Yosemite’s Notification Center.

Since DockPhone uses iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite’s Continuity feature, it requires that your iPhone be on iOS 8.1 or later, your Mac of course on Yosemite (10.10). Your Mac must also support Continuity, as having Yosemite is no guarantee for that. There is a way to enable Continuity on older Macs, by the way. Lastly, FaceTime must be activated on a single iCloud account on both Mac and iPhone.

dockphone dedicated phone app search contacts

Assuming you have met this requirements, you may go ahead and download DockPhone for $0.99.

Download DockPhone [Mac App Store]

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