A new app for iPhone called FingerKey lets users unlock their Macs using the Touch ID fingerprint sensor of their phone. The app works with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, and utilizes the third-party access to Touch ID APIs. Also Read - MacBook Air 2022 with M2 chip could come in these vibrant colours: Report
FingerKey uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy) and 256-bit AES encryption to establish a secure connection between the iPhone and Mac. The app also comes with a widget that users can place on the iOS Notification Center, making it faster to access the app. Users can pair the app with multiple Macs at once, and unlocking can be done from a distance, as long as your computer and iPhone are able to hookup over Bluetooth. Also Read - macOS Monterey released at WWDC 2021: Top features, supported devices, more
It won’t be surprising if Apple adds this functionality to iOS one day. The company improved the interaction between its iOS-powered devices and OS X-powered devices with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite operating systems updates, which it released earlier this year. Also Read - Apple to host Spatial Audio event right after WWDC 2021: Check details here
Developer of the app, Leandro Luizari notes that he is working on bringing similar feature to Windows and Linux platforms. The developer further says that the app could soon unlock using dots or other patterns on the screen instead of the fingerprint. In other words, the app will be compatible with older iOS devices like the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S as well.