What happens if Apple release their own version of MacID?

Yesterday, MacRumors posted an article that suggests Apple are going to be incorporating a similar idea to MacID baked into iOS and OS X. Since then I’ve had a few people message me and let me know their support and concerns (and some taunts…).

Firstly, let me put it to rest that if Apple do this, I won’t be shelving MacID. At least not while it’s still worth my time. Remember that MacID does more than just unlocking your Mac, it has the highest ratings out of all unlocking apps and a strong base of users.

It’s unlikely that Apple’s implementation will have any of these features:

  • Tap to Unlock (which in v1.3.4 will also work with Terminal and the Mac App Store)
  • Proximity based locking, waking and unlocking
  • Custom proximity triggers
  • Remotely share clipboards and start screensavers
  • Touch ID for administrator password requests
  • Multiple iOS devices per Mac, and multiple Macs per iOS device (this is possible, but unlikely)
  • Limiting features based on whether you’re connected to a power source or not
  • Audio controls
  • Full (and super fast) Apple Watch app
  • Pebble watch support
  • Custom URL schemes
  • Home screen shortcuts
  • iOS 8 and 9 support
  • Support for devices that don’t have Touch ID (effectively turning them into keys)
  • Constant supply of updates and new tweaks and features (MacID’s been updated 8 times since launching, which is an update about every 2 months)

The reason MacID exists is because I was bored of waiting for Apple to implement it themselves, so I can’t get angry that they finally have. Am I concerned? A little, I won’t lie, but this is software development this sort of stuff is what happens, especially to independent devs!

Although MacRumors are respectable and quite often right, it’s also worthwhile noting that they aren’t always right and they don’t cite any sources in their article.

I’ll be at WWDC this year so I’ll be the first to hear about it, and if worst comes to the worst and MacID’s downloads completely stop, it will free up time to work on whatever new awesome stuff announced and make another killer app.

Whatever happens, thanks for all the support over the last year and I’ll keep doing what I do!

13 thoughts on “What happens if Apple release their own version of MacID?”

  1. It’s an apple Watch specific feature. So MacID still lives on! Not everybody wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a watch.

  2. Interesting to hear the rumor, and happy to hear that you’re committed to your software. 🙂 MacID is awesome.

  3. I will continue to support you and other independent developers. If Apple actually innovated rather than simply releasing buggy software, everybody would be a lot happier. if iOS was a more open OS, developers would be able to do so much more with iOS rather than being sandboxed. I look forward to the day I can switch to Android.

  4. Apple’s feature would be powerful but it would not like to replace third party apps entirely unless that app has the exact same feature set as Apple’s own solution.
    So, we should not need to worry about it for now.

  5. Your software is so necessary and convenient, it has changed the way I work, leave and get back to my desk.

    Every time, every day, it is just so helpful.

    So : thank you for your excellent work, keep pushing, you will always get our support, from all of us.

    Fabian

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