I fielded a question this evening regarding an issue with Apple's Handoff functionality, which was introduced in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The tag is only shown as a synonym of .

While 'Continuity' describes what Handoff does, it introduces a tag which does not represent the official term for the feature as named by Apple.

As I have insufficient reputation to raise a tag edit, I am posing it here. The main tag for the functionality should be renamed with the synonym referenced as . This change will reflect Apple's branding of the feature.

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    You're right, Handoff and Continuity are different. – RedEagle2000 Aug 5 '15 at 17:29
  • Continuity is a feature though, it's related but not the same as Handoff – Jaime Santa Cruz Aug 7 '15 at 16:33
  • Sorry, Continuity is actually the umbrella term for Handoff, Phone Calling, Instant Hotspot and SMS, see support.apple.com/en-us/HT204681 – Jaime Santa Cruz Aug 7 '15 at 16:40
  • However if you look under settings on your iOS device it says Handoff. Continuity is no where to be found. Ask Different is a forum where most of the questions will come from users not developers, and they are not going to be looking for Continuity. If nothing else, then each of those features should have a tag that matches what they are called under iOS settings, so that users can be directed to questions that cover what they need to be working with. – AMR Aug 7 '15 at 17:19
  • If you look at the press release for Yosemite they are referred to as continuity features, however in the first paragraph you will see that continuity is in lower case and is thus not an Apple feature in and of itself. This is highlighted in paragraph 8 where words like Handoff, Message, Hotspot are capitalized within the sentence, showing that they are proper nouns and not adjectives. – AMR Aug 7 '15 at 17:29
  • I believe that Continuity is the name referred to the set of features which include Handoff. As you can see in support.apple.com/en-us/HT204681 , it is referred to as Continuity with a capital C. – Behdad Aug 10 '15 at 5:36
  • The support page is less likely to have Apple Legal scrutinize it the same way as a press release would be scrutinized, as there are implications to securities laws that an official document such as a press release could run afoul of if misworded. The function, both on the page that you linked to and in the iOS system preferences is Handoff. The only place you find continuity mentioned is on the website. Try this if you have Yosemite. Go to Finder>Help>Mac Help and in the search window type in Handoff and Contituity. Which is an accepted search term that returns help pages on the function? – AMR Aug 12 '15 at 22:10
  • @AMR I searched and found an article on Continuity and another on Handoff. The Handoff article mentions the need to meet "Continuity requirements" (including the link). – haykam Dec 3 '17 at 18:26
  • @AMR The Continuity article has a section named Handoff which says: "Handoff lets you start a document, email, or message on one device and pick up where you left off on another device. Handoff works with apps like Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. For more information, see Pick up where you left off with Handoff." Auto Unlock, Universal Clipboard, Instant Hotspot, Phone Calls/SMS Messages (on Mac), and AirDrop aren't Handoff. – haykam Dec 3 '17 at 18:30

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