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  • MacID Updated With Offical Support for the Apple Watch and a Slew of New Features

    In March, we showed you MacID, which was a piece of software written for Mac OS X and iOS that allowed you to seamlessly unlock your Mac just by putting your finger on the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on your iPhone or later-model iPad/iPad Mini.

    The software has continued to impress us over the weeks as the developer released updates to improve functionality and speed, but a later update has been released on Tuesday dubbed version 1.2 that brings official Apple Watch support among a slew of other goodies.

    With the official Apple Watch support, you can now authorize MacID to unlock your Mac right from your Apple Watch with a simple "Authorize" button. The application notifies you with a tap on your wrist when you're in proximity of a locked Mac that has been paired with the iPhone application, and when you tap on the "Authorize" button, your Mac is woken up for you automatically.

    Version 1.2 also shows your profile picture from your Mac right on your Apple Watch, which is a great new feature that makes the application feel more personalized. The profile picture shows up for every Mac that is paired with your MacID iPhone application and looks very professional.

    The screenshots below show you how the application is used on the Apple Watch for controlling your music, locking your Mac, and more:

    The application includes a Glance that you can use on your Apple Watch too. Unfortunately, due to Apple's restrictions, you can't use the Glance to unlock your Mac, but tapping on the Glance launches the MacID application on your Apple Watch where you can unlock your Mac from. The Glance shows information such as your current iOS device battery life, the Wi-Fi network your iOS device is connected to, and how many Macs you're connected to and their status.

    On the iOS side of things, MacID has been given a redesigned Today widget for iOS 8 Notification Center, which allows you send your iOS device's clipboard to your Mac, start the screensaver, and more. Additionally, a wide variety of bug fixes and performance improvements have been added in this update, which are outlined in the update's change log below:

    Quote Originally Posted by App Store

    What's New in Version 1.2

    MacID for iOS v1.2 requires MacID for OS X v1.2. Choose "Check for update" from the MacID menu or visit Get MacID - Unlock your Mac with just your fingerprint.

    You'll never be interrupted in the app asking to leave a review, but if you enjoy using MacID please let others know by leaving a review in the App Store and sharing on Twitter and Facebook.

    It's time; MacID for Apple Watch is here! Fast, convenient and beautiful; MacID for Apple Watch allows you to quickly and securely lock and unlock your Mac right from your wrist. Keep the MacID Glance near the start of your Glances for super quick access.
    MacID for iOS now shows the user account image for each connected Mac (be patient while the file gets sent to your iOS device). You can refresh an account image at any time by long-pressing on a connected Mac.
    You can now start a screensaver using MacID, just slide a connected Mac left and choose "Screensaver".
    You now only have to tap once to lock or unlock a Mac; if your Mac is unlocked it will lock, if it's locked it will unlock.
    Double tapping a device now sends the clipboard.
    MacID now shows the currently playing iTunes or Spotify track.
    Completely redesigned Widget! Now you can quickly choose to lock/unlock, start screensaver or share clipboard with your Mac directly from the iOS Today view.
    Even better accessibility! Support for Dynamic Type and more VoiceOver support.

    Fixed an issue where, after sending a clipboard, the success checkmark sometimes wouldn't disappear.
    MacID now uses Helvetica Neue which has a greater set of characters.
    Increased the size of the smaller column on iPad.
    Settings' labels now resize to fit better on smaller screens.
    Better background restoration to cope with memory pressures.
    With thanks to MacID users enabling crash reports to be sent to Apple & Developers in their iOS Settings, multiple other little bugs have been ironed out. If you want to help improve apps, enable this in iOS Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & Usage > Automatically Send & Share With App Developers.
    If you are interested in grabbing MacID for your iOS device/Apple Watch, you can do so from this App Store link for $3.99. The Mac OS X companion application is required to use Touch ID, and is a free download from the developer's Web page at this link. If you're already a MacID user, then the update will be waiting for you under the Updates tab in the App Store application on your iOS device (you'll have to install the updated Mac OS X application manually).

    Please keep in mind that MacID uses Bluetooth 4.0 (low energy) to operate. You must enable Bluetooth on your iOS device and Mac for this to work. Bluetooth should already be enabled on your iPhone anyways to work with the Apple Watch.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MacID Updated With Offical Support for the Apple Watch and a Slew of New Features started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
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    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I think i need this :]