Trying to get my apple watch to work with my mid 2012 MCBpro

ballyharpat

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Aug 31, 2012
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Can anyone help me out, I bought an apple watch s4. I want to use it with my macbook pro-to unlock it etc-I only bought it in 2016 but it's mid 2012 version. I have read that I need to upgrade my wireless card if I want it to support my apple watch, I don't know which card to get and how difficult it is to replace the card.

Here are the specs to the Macbook-
https://support.apple.com/kb/SP649?l...ewlocale=en_US

thanks in advance.
 

Mike Boreham

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I think your 2012 Mac is too old, according to this article which includes:

Before you start using Auto Unlock
Before you start using Auto Unlock, you'll need to make sure your Mac and Apple Watch are compatible, and that you've set up two-factor (not two-step) authentication for your iCloud account.

Make sure you own the right Mac and Apple Watch
To use Auto Unlock, you'll need:

  • Any Mac manufactured 2013 and later (sorry, 2012 Mac owners)
  • An Apple Watch Series 0, 1, 2, or 3

EDIT....just realised you maybe already know this if you know you have to update the wireless card. I upgraded the wireless card in a 2006 MBP (the very first intel model), and it was not difficult but no idea if 2012 MBP the same. Ifixit would probably tell you.
 
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mdlooker

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Seems like it also matters of the OS you're running according to the platform and watch edition.

I have AW3 and my Mid'14 MBP running on El Capitan needs the OS to be upgraded to High Sierra or Mojave. You're probably in the same boat.

https://www.imore.com/auto-unlock

I believe it's the same link as above btw.
 
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ballyharpat

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Aug 31, 2012
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Seems like it also matters of the OS you're running according to the platform and watch edition.

I have AW3 and my Mid'14 MBP running on El Capitan needs the OS to be upgraded to High Sierra or Mojave. You're probably in the same boat.

https://www.imore.com/auto-unlock

I believe it's the same link as above btw.

Thanks, I'm actually running Mojave.
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I think your 2012 Mac is too old, according to this article which includes:

Before you start using Auto Unlock
Before you start using Auto Unlock, you'll need to make sure your Mac and Apple Watch are compatible, and that you've set up two-factor (not two-step) authentication for your iCloud account.

Make sure you own the right Mac and Apple Watch
To use Auto Unlock, you'll need:

  • Any Mac manufactured 2013 and later (sorry, 2012 Mac owners)
  • An Apple Watch Series 0, 1, 2, or 3

EDIT....just realised you maybe already know this if you know you have to update the wireless card. I upgraded the wireless card in a 2006 MBP (the very first intel model), and it was not difficult but no idea if 2012 MBP the same. Ifixit would probably tell you.

Yeah, I need to update the card, that's all, Ive read that it's easy, I just need to find out the correct card to get, thanks anyway .
 
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