It’s easy to see why millions of iPhone owners use a Mac as their primary computer – Apple offers unrivalled synergies between macOS and iOS that let users easily transfer documents, photos, videos and more. Plus, many of Apple’s native apps sync up effortlessly, meaning you can view your notes or reminders on either your phone or Mac for instance. But what about all the iPhone owners that use a Windows 10 device? Well, it seems Dell has heard your cries and is working on some harmonious features of its own. The firm recently announced a swathe of new upgrades for its Mobile Connect app that should allow Windows 10 and iOS to work hand-in-hand more effortlessly.
Dell launched its Mobile Connect app back in 2018 and offered Android and iOS users the ability to receive notifications on their PC and respond to calls and text messages. Since then, Android users have been granted the ability to transfer files and interact with apps using mirroring technology. Finally, the American firm is bringing both of these features to iPhone.
As noted by Dell in a recent press release, iOS devices will soon be able to enjoy app mirroring and file transferring from XPS, Vostro, Alienware and G Series devices.
Discussing the upgrade, Dell said: “Since its 2018 launch, Dell Mobile Connect has helped more than one million users avoid splitting attention between their PC and smartphone.
“This spring Dell Mobile Connect will expand its wireless transfer and app mirroring capabilities beyond Android phones and bring these functions to iOS phone users.
“XPS, Inspiron, Vostro, Alienware and G Series users with iOS phones will be able to directly access their favourite mobile apps, from rideshare to social media, and take advantage of drag-and-drop file transfer and content mirroring straight from their Dell PC.”
Dell has posted a video showing exactly how app mirroring will work. Essentially, when the feature is activated a small window will appear on your PC showing the exact app in question. Using a mouse or a device’s touch screen will replicate the same experience you’d have if you were using your smartphone. The feature is designed to keep a user’s attention on one device rather than getting them to constantly switch between one and the other.
It’s currently unclear which apps will support the screen mirroring feature when it launches sometime in the spring of 2020 (that’s between March 20 and June 20 in the UK).
Of course, the biggest caveat with this Windows 10 feature is the fact you’ll need a Dell PC to leverage it. All consumer XPS, Inspiron, Vostro and Alienware PCs with Bluetooth purchased in January 2018 or later will support the app’s souped-up functionality.
Microsoft already offers similar synergies with its Your Phone app for Android that has been consistently updated with new features since its release in 2018. However, at the time of writing this is still not available for iOS devices.
Instead, iPhone users are only able to take advantage of an app called “Continue on PC” that merely allows users to send pages they’re browsing on mobile to their PC.