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  • MacID Sale Pegs App at 99 for a Limited Time; Unlock Mac With Apple Watch & Touch ID


    MacID, an application that has been getting a lot of attention lately from Mac OS X, iOS, and Watch OS enthusiasts, will be on sale for just 99 for a limited time. The application allows users to unlock their Mac machine by using Touch ID on their iPhone or iPad, or by simply tapping a button on their Apple Watch and usually comes with a price tag of $3.99 on the iOS App Store.

    Apple Watch support was just added to the application this week as a part of a major update that added a significant amount of new features and bug fixes. In fact, the developer has yet another update pending approval that fixes even more bugs and improves stability even further despite already being a solid application with incredible functionality.

    If you haven't already tried MacID, then this is something you're going to want to try (especially at this limited time price). The developer of the application notes that the sale will end after this weekend ends. The convenience of unlocking your Mac with the tap of a button saves plenty of time from having to enter a complex passcode via your keyboard.

    MacID uses a low-energy Bluetooth connection, so you won't notice any battery impact from using it. If you're interested in giving it a try, you can download MacID from the iOS App Store at this link. The companion application for Mac OS X is also required, which can be downloaded at this link.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MacID Sale Pegs App at 99 for a Limited Time; Unlock Mac With Apple Watch & Touch ID started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. tails2k's Avatar
      tails2k -
      back to $3.99
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by tails2k View Post
      back to $3.99
      It is available for 99 from this App Store link until the end of the weekend.
    1. Oddlane's Avatar
      Oddlane -
      Unfortunately this does not work with the initial log in
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Oddlane View Post
      Unfortunately this does not work with the initial log in
      Unfortunately, it's not possible. The app can't run until Mac OS X is initiated. Just like Dropbox isn't going to be running until you log in and Mac OS X can start loading apps configured for start-up. That is a limitation of Mac OS X. But we can dream
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Unfortunately, it's not possible. The app can't run until Mac OS X is initiated. Just like Dropbox isn't going to be running until you log in and Mac OS X can start loading apps configured for start-up. That is a limitation of Mac OS X. But we can dream
      Does OSX not have the ability to run programs before login? Its a very restricted and hidden feature, but it is available in modern versions of windows and Ive taken advantage of it a few times.
    1. Andydigital's Avatar
      Andydigital -
      I'm having issues with this app. It only works as designed on the first unlock if the app itself is killed on the iPhone. Once its running in memory on the phone, the next time you want to unlock your Mac rather than being able to unlock it entirely from the lock screen alone (on the phone) it first asks you to slide to unlock to the app, then the app opens and you need to tap on the mac device you want to unlock in the app, then finally it shows you the prompt to place your finger on the finger print reader.

      Like I said though the first time you try it, the notification in the lock screen is different, rather than only getting an option to delete the notification you instead get an option to AUTHORIZE, on subsequent unlocks you only get the option to delete the notification when you slide it one way and open the app if you slide it the other way. It's quicker just to type my password directly on the mac.
    1. Andydigital's Avatar
      Andydigital -
      Further, sometimes it does work as designed, other times it doesn't work even after asking for the fingerprint. Like I said before, it's quicker to just type my password manually.

      EDIT: Never mind it looks like I should have read the support site before posting here, there is a notice on the help page saying that you have to wait 10 seconds after locking the device before the authorize button appears in the notifications. Perhaps this advice should be prominent in the app to help avoid confusion.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Got it just in case and I don't even have an apple watch yet!
      Question: what's the easiest way to open a .zip file on a Mac in order to install the macID for OS X?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Got it just in case and I don't even have an apple watch yet!
      Question: what's the easiest way to open a .zip file on a Mac in order to install the macID for OS X?
      Mac OS X can't already open .zip files? If not, I have this installed and I like it: The Unarchiver
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Mac OS X can't already open .zip files? If not, I have this installed and I like it: The Unarchiver
      Was trying to open with winzip for Mac, which requires a paid license. The unarchiver worked beautifully. Thanks!
    1. jsuddu0109's Avatar
      jsuddu0109 -
      I wish I knew it required Bluetooth 4.0, so my 2011 MacBook Pro is incompatible. Oh well, at least it was only $0.99. I've been thinking about getting a new computer for a while anyways. Does anyone know if Apple is still rumored to release a new 15" MBP this fall?
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      ^^i just found out about the Bluetooth thing too. I'm still using a 2007 iMac.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      The App Store description lists all Macs that are compatible and says it requires Bluetooth low energy, which is a codename for 4.0 .