It appears like not all Macs are made equal in the eyes of OSX Yosemite. The upcoming update to Apple’s desktop operating system OSX is set to be commercially available sometime in the fall while Beta Testers and developers already have their hands on the open beta of the OS.
Thanks to this beta tester and developers who are engaged in the community, it has come to light that not all features will be available to all Macbooks or Macs when OSX Yosemite lands later this year. Some of the features require specific hardware to work. One of the features which falls under this category is “Continuity” or “Handoff”. Continuity was a feature touted by Apple at the recent Worldwide Developers’ Conference to bridge their two operating systems, allowing users to interact with their iOS device on their OSX powered Mac.
However, one major point that Apple forgot to mention was that this feature would require the MacBooks and Macs to be equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 LE. This technology first appeared in the Mac Book Airs and Mac minis circa mid 2011 and have been included in all Mac releases since. Hence, if you’re running a Mac before the mid 2011 refresh of the devices, the OSX Yosemite feature will not work for you. While Apple can still alter the requirements for the feature, it seems rather unlikely.