Make phone calls from your Mac right now

You don't have to wait for OS X Yosemite to place a call on your Mac, using your iPhone. Here's what you need to know.

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Shreyas Siravara

Today, Apple announced OS X Yosemite and a healthy list of new features set to make a debut in the upcoming release. But what Apple didn't say was that a lot of the features are actually available in OS X right now, just not through Apple's own apps. That means you'll need to use a third-party app to gain some of the same functionality.

Case in point, you can already place and receive phone calls on your Mac. And instead of restricting you to only your iPhone, you can also hook up an Android device to place and receive calls through you computer.

The app you'll need to perform such black magic is called Connect.

After buying Connect, which will set you back $1.99, you will then need to follow the instructions to pair your device to your Mac.

The app will live in your Mac's menu bar along the top of your screen. When you need to place a call, click on the app icon, and then dial the number, look up your contacts, or direct Siri to place the call for you.

The call itself is broadcast through your Mac's speakers, using the microphone equipped on your Mac.

I tried connecting an Android device to the app, but didn't have any luck. With the iPhone connected, though, I was able to place and receive calls. There was a bit of a delay on my end, but otherwise the app worked just as advertised.

Purchase Connect from the Mac App Store.

 

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