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macOS 12.3 reconciled FileVault with non-Apple Bluetooth accessories

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Apple and Logitech have partially settled their technical dispute over the use of third-party Bluetooth devices with the FileVault feature of macOS. We stumbled upon it by chance. At the very end of a support page, Logitech explains that there is no longer a problem of cohabitation between the two, since the 12.3 update.

This one arrived in mid-March and its release notes made no mention of this improvement which seems to extend to non-Apple Bluetooth devices in general. But beware, only Macs with M1 processors are affected by this unlocking, on Intel models, the macOS update does not change anything.

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This issue is well known to Mac users with FileVault hard drive encryption enabled. When working with third-party Bluetooth devices — keyboard and mouse in the first place — they are not recognized at boot time and during the display of the session identification screen. It’s only after having identified themselves that their Bluetooth hooks that of the computer. You still need to be able to type in your password.

To overcome this inconvenience, it is advisable to have an Apple device on hand while identifying yourself, or to use a USB dongle, such as Unifying from Logitech. In the fall, when the MX Keys Mini was launched, its manufacturer assured us that it was working on this recurring problem with Apple. It was indeed in the pipes.

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