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This cool iPhone Touch ID app unlocks your Mac with your fingerprint

Published Dec 1st, 2014 6:50AM EST
FingerKey: iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus
Image: Screenshot | App Store

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FingerKey is a new iOS application that takes advantage of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, giving it an interesting feature that Mac owners, who also have one of these fingerprint-enabled iPhones, will love. As 9to5Mac reports, FingerKey will let you unlock a Mac computer with help of your fingerprint, which is a lot easier than having to type in the password on the Mac each time you want to unlock it.

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FingerKey, priced at $1.99 in the App Store, lets users unlock multiple computers, offers a Notification Center Widget, and protects data transmission between the iPhone and the Mac with 256-bit AES encryption.

However, in order for it to work, FingerKey also needs Bluetooth LE compatible devices including iPhones and Macs. All iPhones that pack a Touch ID sensor also have Bluetooth LE support, but not all Mac models out there have Bluetooth LE chips inside, so users should make sure their OS X machine can actually support this unlocking feature.

Other interesting features are coming to a future version of FingerKey, including Windows and Linux support, pattern unlock support, visual enhancements and compatibility with all screen sizes.

A video showing FingerKey in action follows below, and the application can be downloaded from the App Store by following the link in the source section.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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