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| December 24, 2013
Mac-Unlocking Utility App Knock Updated With New Feature And Improved Pairing
Knock, knock! Nope, I'm not making an attempt at a silly pun-based joke. Rather, that's the sound you make when using Knock, which has just received a new update. Knock is a neat, little utility app that lets you unlock your Mac simply by knocking twice on your iPhone. This is made possible with Bluetooth LE (low energy), which maintains a connection between Mac and iPhone without significant battery drain on the latter. Released early in November, Knock received its first update later in the month, with fixes for issues resulting in unexpected unpairing and crashing. Now, Knock has received another update, this time fixing an issue that could cause the app to not pair at all. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. The update also adds a new feature that shows which Mac and account are currently paired, which should prove useful to users with more than one Mac computer. Finally, the update introduces a new dark-themed app icon inspired by the green pulsing effect that surrounds the avatar of a locked Knock-connected Mac. The new version of Knock is available now in the App Store as a free update or as a new $3.99 download. The app is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later. Knock was hailed as AppAdvice's App of the Week shortly after its release. For more information on Knock, check out our original review here on AppAdvice, which concludes, "If you’re tired of always typing in your password for your computer (this does get tiring if you always end up away from the keyboard for a while) and want an easier way of doing things, then make sure to check out Knock." [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]