[Edit 2] Apple have now approved the upgrade bundle. You can find it on the iOS App Store (the bundle will be unavailable until Unlox is full price on the App Store). It looks like Apple are charging the difference between when you originally paid for MacID and the price it would be now.
[Edit 1] Apple have rejected the upgrade bundle for not being descriptive, so I’ve added a better description and re-submitted the upgrade bundle.
I’m really happy to announce that Unlox is now available on the iOS App Store! It’s been months rollercoaster emotions working on Unlox/MacID 2, but it’s finally here.
If you’re wondering why MacID is now called Unlox, I’ve covered that in this post. It’s an emotional post, so get your tissues ready!
Upgrades for people using MacID
Unlox is free on the App Store until the end of this weekend. I’ve created an app bundle which is currently waiting review, which should make upgrading from MacID 1 to Unlox free if you’ve already bought MacID 1. The bundle will be unavailable while Unlox is free.
Unlox is a total re-write of MacID from the ground up in Swift. I’ve taken this opportunity to remove loads of workarounds for bugs with Bluetooth over the years since MacID 1 launched on Yosemite.
Unlox requires macOS High Sierra and newer and iOS 11.2 and newer. I really wanted to support iOS 11.0 and newer but there was a super nasty bug in Apple’s Bluetooth APIs introduced in iOS 11.0 that didn’t get fixed until iOS 11.2.
Unlox adds full support for iPhone X and Face ID, taking special considerations for the fact that unlike Touch ID, Face ID APIs don’t ask for confirmation before scanning your face. There’s also a gorgeous new design which looks amazing on iOS 11.
As well as support for iPhone X, Unlox focuses on making the Bluetooth connection significantly faster and more robust. Unlox comes with beautiful new colours schemes (including a stunning Noir theme which looks amazing on iPhone X OLED displays).
Unlox for iPad got some love too and has support for hardware keyboards as well to zip about the UI.
The whole of Unlox has been simplified and refined since MacID 1 got a bit complicated. I’ve re-written the app in a way that makes it much quicker for me to update and add support for new iOS features in the future, and because the app is written in Swift it’s fast and is way less likely to crash.
Missing a feature?
MacID 1 had absolutely no analytics in so that your privacy is protected. The tradeoff for this is that I have no idea which features are actually being used. If Unlox doesn’t have a feature you used, let me know and I’ll look at adding it back in a future update!
Thank you for all the past and future support
MacID/Unlox wouldn’t have been a success if it wasn’t for everyone who has supported it in some way. Whether it’s buying the app, tweeting about it, blogging about it or beta testing it. Independent developers rely on this support and I can’t thank you enough.
We have a new challenge now to get the new name of MacID out and known. If you’re a blog and you want some promo codes to give away, let me know and I’ll happily oblige if I have some available!
Here’s to the next chapter of MacID. Unlox is here to stay, and I’m excited about the future!