There are times when Apple is late to the feature party. Take the Mac. And iPhone. And Watch. It took Apple a few years to add a feature to unlock your Mac with Watch.
Clever Mac app developers had it going on iPhone years before Apple stepped in. Competition is a good thing, though, and third party app developers moved ahead with more features than Apple. Differentiation is a key component of good product marketing. Here’s another way to unlock your Mac with iPhone and Watch.
Near To Lock
There are many automated ways to lock up your Mac when you leave and unlock the Mac when you return. Near Lock works on Mac, iPhone, and Watch to do just that. Lock and unlock your Mac. Walk away, and Near Lock knows you left the area for awhile, so it locks up the Mac to keep it safe from neighbors, family members, classmates, co-workers.
And, because it works in reverse, Near Lock unlocks your Mac so it’s ready and waiting to be used when you get nearby. Near. Lock. Or, maybe near and unlocked. It depends upon your direction of travel.
Wait a minute. Doesn’t that seem to mimic what Apple already provides with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave? Yes. Again, differentiation is key. Near Lock has features Apple does not provide.
For example, Near Lock lets you control multiple Macs, not just one. You can also copy and paste clipboards and take photos of anyone who tries to login to your Mac. Near Lock on the Mac lives in the Menubar so you’re one click away from all the details of who and when someone tried to access your Mac while you were away.
The settings are there, too, so you can setup the locking distance that works for you.
Apple Watch has a nifty way way to Ping your iPhone and Near Lock provides a similar feature for your Mac. Where’s your iPhone? Near Lock on the Mac knows. There’s even a built in option to play music, unlock photos in Photos and much more.
Stick your iPhone in your pocket and it communicates with your Mac to know you’ve arrived– to unlock– or, left the area– to lock the Mac. The apps are free to try with an In-App purchase of just a few bucks for additional features.
That brings me to a related point. Our technology lives are becoming ever more complex and complicated– just to manage the gear and gadgets we have, yet Apple and developers continue to provide ever more functionality with a growing list of features.
There are times when simplicity rules. That may explain the differences in users on Android and Windows. There is a small group of uber geeks that love all the bolted on features, but the great unwashed masses of users never bother with them. Why not? Complex. Complicated. Apple’s customers have similar issues, though maybe to a less degree because Apple– and the best app developers for iOS and macOS– seem to concentrate more on usability than a laundry list of features.