Why dig out your iPhone when you can review messages on your Mac?
Push notifications on your iPhone are great on the go, but less convenient when the device is tucked away while you’re working on your Mac. Using lowenergy Bluetooth, Notifyr promises to beam those missives straight to your desktop, reducing the need to reach into pockets or bags just to keep updated.
Notifyr has two components. A paid-for iPhone app intercepts Push notifications on the device, and an OS X preferences pane serves this data to Notification Center. Launch the iPhone app, pair it with your Mac using a four-digit PIN code and notifications begin to flow onto any recent (2011 or later) Mac.
By default, Notifyr duplicates every notification on your Mac, but you can silence individual apps to avoid repetition. For example, Facebook and Twitter already have their own OS X notifications, so there’s no need to repeat them by beaming messages from your iPhone to the desktop. However, this can only be done after Notifyr has delivered at least one notification from an app, rather than during initial setup.
As handy as Notifyr is, we ran into occasional connectivity problems while running it alongside Knock, a Bluetooth LE utility that enables unlocking a Mac from the iPhone. If you’re away from the Mac for too long, Notifyr sometimes fails to reconnect, although the developers are moving quickly to stomp out such bugs. Overall, it’s a useful and competently delivered app that’s bound to get even better over time. JR Bookwalter
Launch the app, enter a four-digit PIN to pair over Bluetooth and you’re done!