iPhone Mirroring

iPhone mirroring will save you from having to run iOS apps on your Mac

Apple’s latest macOS Sequoia introduces an impressive feature: iPhone Mirroring. This innovative function allows users to interact with iOS apps and notifications directly from their Mac without needing to install the apps natively. By enabling seamless mirroring of your iPhone on your Mac, Apple has streamlined multitasking and enhanced user convenience. This article explores the capabilities and benefits of iPhone Mirroring, highlighting its practical applications and ease of use.

I just tried iPhone Mirroring in macOS Sequoia and came away thoroughly impressed. Without touching my iPhone, I interacted with iOS notifications and ran iPhone apps via my Mac without having to install them natively. Remarkably, iPhone Mirroring even worked smoothly on my Intel-based 2018 MacBook Pro!

iPhone Apps on macOS, No Install Necessary

The existing Apple Watch Mirroring feature makes it easy to mirror my Apple Watch on an iPhone or Mac. iPhone Mirroring for macOS is just like that. It’s already among my favorite Sequoia features, and you’ll be able to test-drive it when a public beta drops sometime in July.

We’ve been able to run iPhone apps in a window on the Mac for a while now. Too bad I cannot be bothered to install them on my Mac beforehand. iPhone Mirroring in macOS Sequoia proves that Apple’s listened to my prayers. At long last, I can mirror anything on my iPhone—including apps—like a pro!

All it takes is a double click of a Home Screen app icon in the iPhone Mirroring window. The underlying iPhone app magically launches on my Mac. I didn’t have to install it first, nor did I need to worry about uninstalling it when done to reclaim lost disk space.

You don’t need me to tell you that using iOS apps on a Mac isn’t a stellar experience, and iPhone Mirroring doesn’t change that. That being said, it’s a practical feature to have access to for those times when there’s no macOS version of a particular iPhone app you’d like to use, like Instagram or Apple’s own Fitness app, or it plain sucks to use, like Twitter.

iPhone Mirroring supports Apple Silicon Macs and Intel-based models equipped with Apple’s T2 Security chip. Your iPhone and Mac must support Continuity, have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, use the same Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled, and be physically nearby.

Responding to iOS Notifications Has Reclaimed My Time

I’m too lazy to pick up my iPhone while using my desktop writing station. With iPhone Mirroring, I can view and act on iPhone notifications on macOS. Being able to respond to an Instagram notification via my Mac when my iPhone is in another room is such a time-saver.

I’d hate it if there were a separate interface to view iOS notifications on macOS. Thankfully, that’s not the case. Although iPhone Mirroring doesn’t support the iPhone’s Notification Center, Control Center, and Siri; all iOS notifications are integrated directly into your Mac’s Notification Center alongside native macOS notifications.

You can respond to any iPhone notification right there, and clicking it opens the right iPhone app in iPhone Mirroring.

Press the Command + 1 keyboard shortcut in the iPhone Mirroring window to reach the iPhone’s Home Screen or Command + 2 to invoke the iOS app switcher. The Command + 3 shortcut will bring up Spotlight Search (use it as a quick app launcher).

Drag and Drop From Mac to iPhone (Soon)

I wish I could tell you how awesome dragging and dropping various items between my iPhone and Mac is. Sadly, this option isn’t active at the moment, though I can imagine getting back many more minutes of my time with seamless drag and drop in iPhone Mirroring.

Continuity Takes a Big Leap Forward

Every year, Apple keeps improving Continuity, a marketing term for the set of features that allow iPhones and iPads to work seamlessly with Macs. I use Continuity daily and will use it even more thanks to iPhone Mirroring.

Anything that helps me reduce my iPhone usage gets a thumbs-up in my book. iPhone Mirroring probably won’t reduce my screen time significantly, but at least I can interact with iOS notifications and apps while my iPhone is displaying useful info in StandBy mode.

iPhone mirroring will save you from having to run iOS apps on your Mac
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