Knock To Unlock- An Easy Way to Login Mac By IPhone
This is for Mac lovers. Do you hate to login your MacBook by constantly typing password? Hang on! Here the app which comes with fancy title – Knock to Unlock ($3.99). As the name sounds, it simply allows you to login you MacBook just by knocking on your IPhone. To add more, You don’t need to take out the phone from your pocket, and all you need to do is, just tap twice on your IPhone screen, while you are closer to your MacBook. It automatically log-ins to your Mac without typing password on it. Hmm..sounds interesting!
You know, there is a catch. When I check Knock’s site, The app is compatible only with new Mac series like, 2011 MacBook Air, Mini, 2012 IMac, MacBook pro and later Mac Pro models. For IPhone’s, models from 4S onwards are good to go. This sounds little upset, as there are enough Mac users who owns old Mac books and the backward compatibility becoming an issue. Basically, The app expects iOS7 should be running on both ends and even if you run iOS mountain Lion, It doesn’t sufficient. Reason, Bluetooth!. Yes. Knock works using latest Bluetooth Low energy technology. (Bluetooth LE /BLE).
Apple started using this technology at very recent time, and it comes only with modern Mac’s and new IPhone models. Indeed, Bluetooth Low energy technology has been found back in 2006 by Nokia, and got merged into main Bluetooth standard by 2010. So, If you own old model Mac, technically the app doesn’t ’t compatible.Technical dependency!
So how Knock works? Knock has 2 apps which interfaces between your Mac and IPhone, where one runs at Mac side, and another on your IPhone. The Mac driven app is free and you can install it from the site through ITunes. Per site, Setup is just few simple and easy steps. One thing makes more interesting and I love it. Like, Knock doesn’t expects the app should be opened or the phone should get unlocked to tap on it. All it just requires is, the phone should be active and your Bluetooth should be on running mode. Just a simple knock creates a secure and safe connection key and instantly transmits the password to your Mac. Nice! As you know, Most apps we come across needs to be opened to make use of it. This would keep your log-in life more easy.
Also, Knock doesn’t restrict you from manual logins and you can access manually at anytime. This might surely help, when you kept your phone not closer to Mac or even while the Phone battery down situations. Just enter manually and good to go. Multiple logins? As Knock confirms, You cannot unlock multiple Macs by using one IPhone and just single logon password access. Also for Android lovers it’s a wait time as most Android phones doesn’t support and only available from Android 4.3 and later. To wrap up, If you are a heavy traffic Mac user and wish to get rid of typing password, just have it a try and you may found it be useful.
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