Now that Apple has seeded macOS Sierra to developers and public testers registered on the Apple Beta Software Program, it’s time to let excitement levels raise a little in anticipation of a final public release.
The name change from OS X to macOS to present a more converged experience with the company’s other software platforms is only one of a number of notable improvements that will ship with Sierra this coming fall. Another, which Apple is choosing to call Auto Unlock, is a feature that has been garnering a lot of attention since WWDC, so naturally, we’re going to take a deeper look at the requirements around the feature.
For those that aren’t familiar with macOS Sierra, or who didn’t keep abreast of announcements at WWDC for one reason or another, it’s probably worth while giving a little insight into what the Auto Unlock feature actually is, and how it will benefit Mac and Apple Watch owners running Sierra and watchOS 3. The crux of the new feature is actually very simple; it will provide Apple Watch owners with instant access to a Mac running macOS Sierra without having to go through the process of entering administrator passwords and waiting for authentication.
Wake the Mac up, have the Apple Watch there on your wrist, and the Mac is unlocked and ready to use. But what exactly are the requirements that need to be in place to be able to use Auto Unlock on a Mac?
Well, we obviously know that the Mac in question needs to be running macOS Sierra, which is common sense considering it’s feature unique to that platform. Normally the rest would be either guess work or a matter of waiting until the platform was released this coming fall to find out the exact intricate requirements. Thankfully, Apple’s accompanying macOS Sierra release notes with beta 2 provide us with the gold that we need.
In addition to having a 2013 or newer Mac running macOS Sierra beta 2 or later, users will also need to have an Apple Watch running watchOS 3 beta 2 or later, as well as an iPhone running iOS 10 beta 2 or later. The Apple ID/iCl0ud account that is used on the devices will need to have Two-Factor Authentication enabled (NOT Two-Step Verification), and of course, all three devices will need to be signed in with the same iCloud account and Apple ID for the process to be successful. If all of those requirements are in place, then you should be good to go with one of the more notable features of macOS Sierra.
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