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Unlock an incompatible Macbook Pro using an Apple Watch

I’ve worn an Apple Watch daily since the day of release. Two major software updates over the last eighteen months have really improved its usability, but one of the things I was most anticipating from the most release was the ability to automatically unlock my laptop. I was gutted to find out that my 4-year-old MacBook Pro…

I’ve worn an Apple Watch daily since the day of release. Two major software updates over the last eighteen months have really improved its usability, but one of the things I was most anticipating from the most release was the ability to automatically unlock my laptop. I was gutted to find out that my 4-year-old MacBook Pro was incompatible. This is the original retina display model, still going strong and performing well. I have no reason to replace it: I don’t get the new Emoji Touch Bar; I don’t want to spend out for loads of USB-C adaptors and, well: Brexit.

Which is why I was delighted to find some detailed instructions put together by Mark Bingley –

How to get Apple Watch to unlock your 2012 Macbook

It’s a pretty straightforward job, taking about ten minutes. You will need a replacement wifi card (part number BCM94360CSAX), cost £14.49 on eBay, and Pentalobe MacBook and Torx T4 screwdrivers (can be bought together in a kit for around £6 on Amazon).

Once you have it working, set your laptop to lock immediately on sleep and screensaver. From now on, your laptop will unlock itself when you wake it from sleep or the screensaver, so long as you’re wearing your watch and within 3m – and give you a nice reassuring buzz on the wrist as it does so.

Nice feature from Apple, and thanks to Mark Bingley for figuring this out.

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