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How to configure iMessages in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 for SMS Forwarding

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With the release of OSX Yosemite and iOS 8.1 it is now possible to send and receive SMS via the Messages app in Yosemite and on the iPad.

I had to troubleshoot my setup to get SMS Forwarding to work and here is what I found out:

  • Your devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac) need to be signed in with the same iCloud account and on the same wifi network.
  • On the iPhone I enabled iMessage via Settings >> Messages.
  • Under Send & Receive on the same page I enabled my phone number and at least one email address to work with iMessage.
  • I went back and then into Text Message Forwarding. I enabled my Mac and iPad, each device showed me a code I entered on the iPhone.
  • I then sent a couple of test messages between the devices. Success!
  • The person you are sending a SMS to, does not need to be an iMessage user.
  • If you send pictures, they don’t show up on all devices.

See this guide over at Redmond Pie for details.

 

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OSX Tips and Tricks

Running Mavericks in VMware Player

I have previously posted about my hackintosh and how to install Mavericks on its own hard drive. I can then load Windows or OSX via the motherboard’s boot-menu (hint: F12 on Gigabyte).

This forces me to reboot my PC, which I don’t do very often. I rarely need to use OSX the way I use my computer. Also, the back button on my mouse doesn’t work in OSX. It’s annoying! So, I tend to use Windows 8.x which I just put to sleep when not in use. Works great for me!

But I do like to tinker now and then, so I searched for a way to install Mavericks in VMware Player. I already use VMware Player to test-install Windows. And sometimes test-drive software also.

You need a hackintosh or Mac, or a friend with one.

You need to download the installer app from Mac App Store.

I found a great guide over at InsanelyMac. I followed every step, but didn’t manage to make a setup-DMG via the script. So I had to do it another way, and finally got a Mavericks.iso which I used to install OSX.

You need to unlock the possibility to make a virtual machine that supports installing OSX. Since this is available if you run VMware on a Mac, some clever heads has ported this over to Windows. You got to love the Internet!

After running the unlocker, I made a new virtual OSX machine, which I pointed to the ISO. After Mavericks was installed, I did the tips from the guide (changed a couple of settings and installed VMware Tools and some extra drivers).

Update: After I updated VMware Player (to version 6.0.2), I had to reinstall Unlocker to get Mavericks to boot.

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Apple Mac OSX Tips and Tricks

Installing OSX 10.9 Mavericks on my hackintosh

I haven’t used OSX daily for some years now, but occasionally I boot from the hard drive containing OSX on my hackintosh. It has gone from Lion (see this post for my hardware) to Mountain Lion. And recently I installed Mavericks, which is version 10.9 of Apple’s operating systems for Macs. This time the install went without problems.

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Apple iOS Mac OSX

Apples October 2013 Event

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The two biggest surprises for me was the new iPad moniker and the price for OSX Mavericks.

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Apple iOS

I want user profiles on my iPad!

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