20 features you may not know about in MacID

Here’s 20 slightly less obvious features you may not know MacID could do, whether you’re a new or long-time user of MacID have a read and see if there’s something you didn’t know: Continue reading 20 features you may not know about in MacID

MacID’s missing watchOS 2 Glance

[Update, 22 December 2015: The bug has been fixed by Apple in watchOS 2.1, the Glance will be returning in the next update to MacID for iOS and Apple Watch]

As you may have noticed, MacID’s Glance is missing from the native watchOS 2 app.

Removing the Glance was a very difficult decision, I spent time updating its design and only after then did I find a very frustrating bug with watchOS 2 which stops MacID for Apple Watch working if you open the app through the Glance. Continue reading MacID’s missing watchOS 2 Glance

Understanding MacID’s Proximity Features

MacID has two proximity features which you can choose whether you want to enable independently.

Auto-lock and Proximity Wake both work by monitoring your primary device’s signal, or “RSSI”.

RSSI is monitored in dBm, and is displayed as a negative figure. The closer the number is to 0, the stronger the signal. Continue reading Understanding MacID’s Proximity Features

Extending MacID for OS X

A lesser-known feature I added to MacID v1.3 was the ability to extend MacID with AppleScript.

You can now get MacID to run AppleScript scripts (exported as text files) when your Mac sleeps, locks, wakes and unlocks. For example, you could pause iTunes when your Mac locks and resume playback when your Mac unlocks. Continue reading Extending MacID for OS X

Resetting Bluetooth on OS X

Unfortunately, Bluetooth on OS X isn’t perfect. In fact, I’ve had to include a lot of workarounds in MacID’s code to try and get Bluetooth to a more reliable state. Thankfully, Bluetooth on iOS is pretty stable.

If you’re experiencing issues with Bluetooth on OS X there are a few ways you can try resetting Bluetooth. Continue reading Resetting Bluetooth on OS X


Hello, everyone.

Welcome to the new MacID blog! Here I’ll be posting tips & tricks, news and more detailed information about things.

Seeing as this is the first post, let me speak a little about myself and MacID, the app which lets you unlock your Mac using just your fingerprint, passcode or wrist.

MacID is designed and developed by just one person, Kane Cheshire. I’ve been working on MacID since October 2014 and finally passed App Store review on January 15th 2015. Since then I’ve worked endlessly on improving MacID, to add multiple feature requests and also keep working around bugs with Bluetooth on OS X.

I’ve been really humbled by the support for MacID and I owe a lot of thanks to beta testers, translators and people who’ve reviewed MacID on their blogs and websites. I am really grateful to everyone who’s downloaded, praised, reviewed, rated, translated, tested, criticised, and supported MacID. I really do read all feedback and I take everything on board, even if I’m not in control of some of the problems.

I also monitor the Twitter and Facebook accounts – as well as the feedback and help email accounts – and I do all of this in my spare time around my job on the railway. I dedicate a lot of time to MacID, because it’s something I’m really passionate about.

Thank you again to everyone who’s helped, enjoy!