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Ditch Your Password, ‘Knock’ Your iPhone To Unlock Your Mac Instead

There’s a lot of cool stuff I knew I could do with my iPhone, but using an app to unlock my computer wasn’t one of them. Thanks to William Henderson and Jon Schlossberg, founders of Knock, you can now ditch your password and simply unlock your Mac machine with two knocks on your iPhone. Yeah, you read right, they want you to knock it.

At first it probably sounds weird considering you’ve spent over £500-600 on your device, but they’ve gone and produced quite a humorous video demonstrating how it works (and yes I agree, the beard does look epic):

The process is simple. Download the Mac and iPhone apps for Knock and when you’re near your locked machine, Knock for Mac detects your iPhone using Bluetooth Low Energy – which by the way uses very little battery life, if any at all. You then knock twice on your iPhone and voila, your Mac is unlocked.

Unfortunately Knock is only compatible with select models of the iPhone, including the 5S, 5C, 5 and 4S. Also, for users of older generations of Mac machines, the Knock app is restricted to the following:

  • MacBook Pro: 2012 or newer.
  • MacBook Air: 2011 or newer.
  • Mac Mini: 2011 or newer.
  • iMac: 2012 or newer.
  • Mac Pro: 2013 or newer.

You can download the Mac app from their website for free, and the Knock app for iPhone for £2.49 ($3.99) from the App Store today.

There’s no denying that it’s a cool app to have and it’ll have its uses, but how do you see yourself applying to your daily routine? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

By Fabio Virgi

I'm the Founder & Editor of Let's Talk Tech and a travel blog called Fab Meets World. Some people call me a geek, I think they're probably right. I'm fascinated by technology and innovation, love good design and own way too many gadgets for my own good. Want to connect? Get in touch on Twitter and Instagram.