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A new iPhone app has surfaced in the App Store that offers a fairly unique feature: the ability to push notifications to your Mac. It’s called Notifyr, and it utilizes a companion OS X client and Bluetooth LE tech to automatically send your iOS notifications to your desktop.

The whole thing is fairly easy to set up. After you’ve downloaded both the iOS app and the Mac client, you’ll follow the usual bluetooth pairing procedure. And once that’s done, you should start seeing all of your iOS notifications pop up in your Mac’s Notification Center…

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Like the folks over at 9to5Mac, I’ve run multiple tests on the two apps this morning, and they appear to work as advertised. Facebook messages, iMessages and even SMS messages sent to my iPhone all showed up as banner alerts on my MacBook—almost simultaneously.

You have to keep the app running on your iPhone at all times for it to work, but it can be backgrounded, and the fact that it uses Low Energy Bluetooth should mean you don’t have to worry about battery drain. The Mac client installs as a toggle in your System Preferences.

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Unfortunately, since the whole thing banks on Bluetooth LE, it requires hardware that supports it. So you’ll need an iPhone 4s or later, and a newer model Mac for it to work. You also have to wonder if the apps fall within Apple’s guidelines, as again, this is relatively new territory.

At any rate, if you’d like to check it out for yourself, you can find Notifyr for iOS in the App Store for $3.99. And you can grab the free Mac client here.

  • Eric Mason

    I remember when Knock hit the App Store. I really wanted to try that, but my MacBook Pro is just out of range being a 2011 model. Now comes along another app using Bluetooth Low Energy. Damn.

    I thought Apple was going to do something like this with iOS 7 and Mavericks… I could be mistaken, but I thought they mentioned it during the keynote.

    • Al

      I tried Knock… wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. IMO.

    • Kristen

      iMessages have notifications/reply in Mavericks, and I use that frequently, very handy. I feel like there are probably notifications for FaceTime as well, but I don’t use that so not sure. This Notifyr app seems like it would work with way more stuff though.

      • Eric Mason

        I’m well aware of basic notifications baked into OS X. What I’m talking about is what this app offers. Notifications from 3rd party apps. Basically what I’d like to see is any app one might have installed on their phone would also push notifications to OS X. That’s what I was talking about in the post above that I thought they mentioned during the keynote. If I could use this app, I would. Time to buy a new MacBook even though mine is only 3 years old.

  • Shingo

    no windows?

  • Marcus

    Reminds me of Bluephone Elite. That was was great until I got any iPhone. If this App could let you reply to messages I would of got it but I doubt this ever will.

  • Kenan

    Just use PushNotify.

    • iamse7en

      I’d rather LE bluetooth than same wifi. Better interface too.

  • diggitydang

    A couple of things. One, I think an iPhone (any phone) can only be connected to one Bluetooth device at a time. So this app won’t work if running my audio to a Bluetooth speaker. And two, I doubt (but hope I’m wrong) that if you dismiss a notification on your Mac, it doesn’t continue to show up on my lockscreen where I would have to re dismiss the notification.

    Ps. Is there a tweak that allows notifications on the lockscreen to be dismissed with say, a swipe to the left? I would love that!

    • Wrong! My iPhone is connected to bluetooth headphones, and is running Knock on my MBP smoothly.

      • diggitydang

        Awesome!! I (happily) stand corrected!! Any word on the second concern I had?

      • I’m relying on the Jailbreak community to give you an answer 🙂

      • diggitydang

        The newly released LockInfo7 might be a solution! What timing!

  • Krutik Quiran

    well it barely connects to my macbook pro december 2012 version non-retina, and also on my mac app none of my applications which have notification appear, i emailed the developer and hoping for a email back.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If your device is jailbroken then you’re better off using PushNotify or GrowlNotifier. I might be wrong but this app probably runs in the background of your device all of the time where as the jailbreak tweaks mentioned above probably lie dorment until the device receives a notification…

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    The jailbreak apps to do this are so mich better than this overpriced rubbish…

    • mkOS

      Hi, wich ones? I use Windows. I tried GrowlNotifier with a couple of different PC Softwares, but none of them worked fine…some of them worked ocassionaly, and others didn’t work at all.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I use GrowlNotifier and it ‘just works’. If you’re having issues it’s probably due to there not being any official Growl client for Windows and only old clients or clients based on a reverse engineered version of the OS X client…

  • Jonathan

    I’m a tad surprised Apple allowed this.
    Also, I wonder if Windows is possible?

    • Framboogle

      Windows is crap

      • Jonathan

        Yes, yes it is. And I can’t wait to be able to purchase a Mac.
        I’m currently running Ubuntu 14.04 on my Windows laptop.
        It ain’t Mac. Yet.

  • Justin Mahone

    They had to copy the jailbreak version

    • Rick van der Linde

      If that was possible, there would’ve been an “official” version a long time ago…