Mac un­lock­ing made easy

Mac Format - - IOS APPS -

£2.99 Devel­oper Kane Cheshire,

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Ap­ple Watch Ver­sion 1.2.1 MacID is an in­trigu­ing way to con­trol lock­ing and un­lock­ing your Mac’s screen us­ing an iOS de­vice’s Touch ID sen­sor. Down­load the iOS app and com­pan­ion Mac app and con­nect the two us­ing Blue­tooth LE. Your iOS de­vice’s fin­ger­print reader is then used to lock and un­lock your Mac, or a pass­code will do if your iOS de­vice lacks Touch ID.

There’s clever stuff here, like the op­tion to lock the Mac when you move away from it and wake it when you re­turn. MacID even sup­ports au­dio play­back con­trols for the Mac, and un­lock­ing from an Ap­ple Watch. Ad­di­tional fea­tures like Clip­board shar­ing, un­lock­ing by tap­ping a pat­tern on your track­pad, and the abil­ity to start screen­savers make MacID a ver­sa­tile sys­tem.

The devel­oper points out that no part of the lock­ing or un­lock­ing process in­volves a web con­nec­tion, which is great if you’re wor­ried about data se­cu­rity. Hollin Jones

A novel, af­ford­able and use­ful way to keep your Mac se­cure with a min­i­mum of fuss.

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