Unlocking Mac with watch (or not)

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Pagemakers, Oct 8, 2016.

  1. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    Like most tings apple nowadays stuff just "doesn't" just work.

    I have watch OS3 and Mac Pro and MacBook 2015 all running Sierra.

    Sometimes when I login to my Mac my watch unlocks it and sometimes I'm just presented with the standard password box.

    I've reset everything and sent feedback to Apple.

    I guess this is just going to be another Apple feature that just half-works.
     
  2. andylel macrumors newbie

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    I have had this trouble. I think its related to the WiFi connection of the watch. If the Mac refuses to unlock I can switch the bluetooth off on the phone and then it works faultlessly. I can then re-enable bluetooth and all remains well for a while. When it next refuses to work (can be hours or days) I repeat the process and it all works fine. I can only conclude the watch's WiFi forgets the network the phone is connected to and then has to re-connect when there is no Bluetooth. I don't know this for a fact but it all points this way.
     
  3. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I think I "may" have found the problem.

    Haha. I just went to see what my settings were (and worked for the past couple of hours) and boom they failed again.

    This is just typical of the new Apple. I spend so much time bug fixing almost every aspect of their systems I have very little time for the stuff that "just works".
     
  4. doboy macrumors 68000

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    They haven't used that tag line in ages. With sophisticated software/hardware nowadays it's actually naive to believe that.
     
  5. tromboneaholic macrumors 65816

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    Sometimes my watch shows up in comtinuity on the dock of my 2015 5K iMac and sometimes it doesn't. The iPhone has never shown up in the dock on the iMac.

    I didn't expect unlocking with the Watch to work any better so I haven't set up two factor authentication to try it out.
     
  6. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Great unhelpful post. I'm not naive. I'm stating a fact. Tag line or not.
     
  7. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    I've used the Apple Watch to unlock my Mac and it has worked flawlessly since I started. At one point it didn't work and my Mac said I needed to have Bluetooth enabled on my Mac. I had shut it off temporarily. Sure enough, it worked after that and ever since. The only time now that it doesn't work is after a reboot which is usually only after an OS update.

    I've been very pleased with how well this work even though I have to switch to TFA
     
  8. BlackbookGuy macrumors regular

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    Naive to think advertised features will work..? Are you an apple shill? Why defend a growing rate of failure?

    I like my watch, but my Apple stuff does not work as well as it did 10 years ago re: doing what it claims to do.


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    I don't think I've ever been able to get that to work either.

     
  9. doboy macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it does work just not flawlessly. I was mainly commenting on ppl continually citing "just works."
     
  10. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I've never cited "it just works" in a post before.

    Just go so p***ed of this this I thought I would.
     
  11. tromboneaholic macrumors 65816

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    In all fairness Apple stuff doesn't work as seamlessly as it did 10 years ago, but they are trying to do a lot more now

    Although I'd personally like to see them do a little less and do it a little better.
     
  12. savagewatts macrumors regular

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    I find that it works unless you've been away from your Mac for a long period of time.
     
  13. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Mine works until I'm away for about 30 minutes or more. Then it may or may not work.

    The time I've spent messing about with this I may as well just type my password.

    If you are going to release a new feature make sure it works 99% of the time or don't bother.
     
  14. tromboneaholic macrumors 65816

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    It just works, unless it's feeling neglected....
     
  15. BillGates1969 macrumors regular

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    Mine seems to work fine - AW0 and 2015 MacBook pro. Like others have said, if i leave it overnight i need the password - I believe there is a security timeout somewhere set of about 8 hours (i vaguely remember reading it somewhere?)

    As an aside has anyone noticed detrimental battery life since using this? Mine was terrible on the Betas and unlocking, but it seems to have settled down now
     
  16. testcard macrumors 68030

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    I unlocked my MacBook Air this morning after at least 12 hours overnight. The only time I've needed to enter a password is after rebooting.
     
  17. BillGates1969 macrumors regular

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    lol, maybe mine doesn't work as flawlessly as i thought :)
     
  18. testcard macrumors 68030

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    Unlocking does seem to be something of a lottery judging by the number of other posters for whom it only works intermittently or not at all.
     
  19. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    I still don't quite understand how this feature work. I mean it's bad enough that many Macs have been having wifi issues for years. So I'm wondering if this feature is "revealing" other problems that were not noticed previously.
     
  20. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Mines suddenly started to work working. Even after 12 hours it unlocks
     
  21. iGeek2014 macrumors 68000

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    When the feature was first announced I couldn't get it to work even after restarting all of my devices and enabling 2FA.

    Touch wood it's worked pretty much well since; a couple of times it's asked for my password but I've clicked Cancel and then it's popped up "Unlocking with Apple Watch".

    In my experience Bluetooth seems to work better (i.e. Air Drop) in Mac OS Sierra than it ever did in OS X El Capitan.
     
  22. biosci macrumors 6502a

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    All of a sudden, for me, it hasn't been opening up / unlocking the computer. Worked fine before, but since Friday or so, I've had to see the 'unlocking with Apple Watch' and then now always prompt for my password AFER the unlocking message fails.
     
  23. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Try deleting the device from iCloud and re-adding it.

    All this messing about with this and so many other "features" really tarnishes what was once a mostly big-free operating system of years ago.
     
  24. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely true... the change is unfortunate. I'm not sure we can write it off on them "trying to do a lot more now," I think it is more systemic.

    Yeah, me too. I used to HATE spending hours trying to fix this or that in Windows... Mac was such a delight. No problems, everything worked. Now its constantly something...

    Not saying the other side of the pond is better. Just saying this side isn't as bright and shiny as it once was.
     
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