Here’s the tale of a Mac app that struggles to Think Different™ to justify the tiny price tag. It’s called DockPhone. Can you guess what it does?
DockPhone is a Mac app that works with your iPhone so you can make phone calls from the Mac. Wait. What? Doesn’t iOS 8.x and OS X 10.10.x Yosemite already do that? Well, yes. And no. It doesn’t work quite the same way as DockPhone which adds a few nifty neat features.
For example, DockPhone lets you start a call from your Mac simply by speaking a name or a number. Search Contacts, find a name, hit the Dial button and DockPhone makes the call through your iPhone.
Did you miss the subtle difference?
Here it is again. Keep your iPhone in your pocket, plugged in to re-charge, or in your bag. Open DockPhone and speak the number or a name to dial. DockPhone does the rest.
There’s even a Dashboard Widget with your most recent called contacts in the Notification Center.
Interestingly, DockPhone has the exact same requirements as the Handoff feature in OS X Yosemite that lets you dial and answer phone calls using your iPhone. iOS 8.x and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. You’ll also need FaceTime activated using the same iCloud account on both Mac and iPhone, and FaceTime needs to be set as the default for calls.
The voice activation feature is handy, and, for now, there’s no Siri support for the Mac to do the same thing– handsfree calls from the Mac. So, for many Mac users DockPhone could easily be worth the four-bits-minus-a-penney price tag.