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A few months ago, I reviewed MacID, which is a biometric locking and unlocking utility app for iOS and OS X. Users sync the two devices together and sign in with their Mac’s password. Then, whenever you leave your computer, it locks. The iOS app allows you to unlock it with Touch ID or by entering your iPhone’s password.

MacID version 1.1 recently launched and to celebrate, the company’s developer has dropped the price of the iOS app from $3.99 to free for 48 hours. The update makes this app way more than just a simple unlocking feature.

Now, in version 1.1, users can access audio controls for iTunes and Spotify. After starting music, you will be able to pause, skip, and mute songs on your Mac from your iPhone.

You can also access MacID from the Today view of Notification Center on iOS. So, you can unlock your Mac from the Lock screen of your iPhone.

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You can also share copied text on your Mac to iOS. Simply copy a section of text and then select the dropdown menu on your Mac. Select “Send copied text to iOS clipboard.” Then, on your iPhone, simply activate the paste function.

You can now, also unlock your computer with proximity wake. When you walk away from your computer, your screen will lock. When you come back, it will unlock without needing Touch ID or any password.

There are also a few updates specifically designed to make it easier to use on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You can now switch Connected Devices and Recent Devices locations so you don’t have to stretch as far to reach the connected ones. The app is now compatible with the iPad and supports landscape mode. The iPad shows a split screen view so you can quickly switch between settings.

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MacID also gained a new black-and-white theme for those that don’t want anyone seeing them using a pink app. There is now better integration with Facebook and Twitter, you can also double tap a specific device in the app to quickly log it.

The developer also fixed a bug that would stop MacID launching on devices running software earlier than iOS 8.1. There are a few other bug fixes that help improve stability and reliability of the app.

For anyone that hasn’t already invested in MacID, the iOS app will be on sale for free for a couple of days. The Mac companion, which you can download here, is also free. If you don’t already own it, grab the app today before it goes back up to $3.99.

  • Garry

    i have 2 macbook air and 1 macbook pro but none of them support these apps as they say i need bluettoth card THE NEW is there any workaround that rather than buy a new bluettoth card please help

    • Jimmy Ekman

      I would also know if this is possible!

  • James G

    I sure love free. Thanks iDB! Glad I come here daily 🙂

  • Felipe Lopez

    wow, awesome tool, thanks for the heads up!

  • CollegiateLad

    Love it!!! Downloaded it this morning!!

  • Jonathan

    Thanks! Grabbed it!

  • Landroverz7

    Thanks, got it! Love the new feature of sending clipboard txt between devices, small tip to send files to Mac from iPhone, open the iOS app, press and hold down your connected device to show you more options.

  • DtownBlogger

    Yessirr!

  • Skippy

    Don’t have a Touch ID iPhone YET. But picked this up as its free. will be getting one in September so will go with my MBP 😀

    • OneBigInFiniteJoint

      that’s right man. getting a new iPhone in September when it comes out. currently living up the last few months of iPhone 5 lol.. nonetheless grabbed this app, will come in handy once i have a touchID device.

    • You don’t actually have to use Touch ID. You can also use your iPhone password or just use the proximity lock feature.

  • n0ahcruz3

    It was already free yesterday

  • Nick Greenway

    After i paid…

    • Carlos Medina

      Try and see if you can get your money back.

    • James G

      I’m sure the developer appreciates the $4 you gave them. Don’t feel bad.

      • Norbi Whitney

        Well said

    • SCape

      I don’t understand comments like this. Do you whine like a bitch about products you buy in shops that later decline in price too?

      • Zzyzxd

        Many stores have price matching policy. I personally think it is quite easy to understand that people being unhappy when they realize they could’ve saved some money.

  • Daniel Beecham

    Love it, it’s on my iphone 6 and my macbook pro Retina now, thanks iDB!!!!

  • dpacemaker

    Takes longer to use the app than to type my password.

    • James G

      Your mileage may vary. I think it’s extremely handy for work computers where I walk away with my phone and then walk back to it later. Having it automatically lock/unlock when I get near is incredibly convenient especially because complex passwords are typically required on work machines.

      • dpacemaker

        I’m sure in the case of a work machine this would be good, but you have to get your phone out and use the app as you walk to your desk. I’m wondering when they will just have them built in next to the trackpad, or in the trackpad itself? I’d like to see an app that runs in the background and can wake my mac based on proximity alone, that is able to sense it based on signal strength or something, then to fully unlock you draw a pattern on the trackpad, or on the Magic Mouse. That way my phone stays in my pocket.

      • James G

        This does enable unlocking via trackpad tap gestures. You should check it out while its FREE. and proximity alone is also a feature.

    • Norbi Whitney

      I agree. However, I added a Tap to Unlock sequence and THAT is worth the price (I paid when it was for moneys) alone.

  • Kurt Wijckmans

    Thanks for the tip… Works like a charm!