Airdrop: iPhone to mac

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by eiprol, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2009
    Is Airdrop supposed to work only between iDevices? Make sense to be able to transfer pictures between a mac and an iOS7 device.. However, It's not working for me. Maybe, it has been talked before over here, but I've not found anything related; just Airdrop between two iDevices.

    It doesn't work because it's just an early beta, or because it wont work ever? Any information about this?
  2. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    I wonder if it is a feature that will work with maverick only.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2009
    I've just tried with Maverick and doesn't work (at least for me) :rolleyes:
  4. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    dang, then maybe it is only an IOS7 to IOS7 feature.
  5. macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2011
    They probably add this as new feature in 10.10
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2011
    Has anyone had any luck with this? Or any new information?

    I assumed when the airdrop feature was announced they meant that users could also transfer files between Mac and iPhone. :mad:
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Currently it's only between iOS devices but who knows, it could be added before Mavericks and iOS 7 go public.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2011
    AirDrop in iOS is for iOS devices only. You cannot send or receive files from a desktop OS X.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    Maybe it'll be added to the 5S ;)
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2013
    I find that notion hard to swallow; I doubt Apple are so short-sighted as to miss such an incredible selling point - it goes completely against the nature of Apple.
  11. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    I would BET it's coming, just not built in yet.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Oct 18, 2008
    Maybe iOS 7 will finally bring a Finder app with it which will make AirDrop between iOS and Mac even more intriguing.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    I think this is definitely a little too optimistic, but the UI changes in regards to sharing have been so drastic, I guess anything is possible?
  14. macrumors 68040


    Oct 18, 2008
    Hey, we can hope :)

    I did notice that in an iMessage conversation where pictures or videos have been sent, there is a new List View that shows all the files that have been send back and forth. It has limited functionality right now, but might prove to be something bigger come Fall.
  15. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Interestingly, there's AirDrop in my ML's Finder:


    I've tried transferring pics from my iPhone 5 to my Mac but nothing happened.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2003
    Not sure about that. I love all my Apple gear, but in my experience, this sounds almost exactly like something they would do. Start small and limited and then expand.

    Also, I think they want to push iCloud as the way to transfer things between OSx and iOS
  17. macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2012
    Yep its been in OSX since Lion.
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Apple seems strangely obsessed with not improving file management and transfer on iOS. :(

    How to fix iOS:

    1) Give us a on iOS
    2) Give an iCloud dropbox folder on OS X and iOS
    3) Un-cripple AirDrop to allow its use between OS X and iOS

    How not to fix iOS:

    1) Change how the stock icons look and introduce animated wallpapers.

    Boom done.
  19. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    Planet Earth
    uhm welcome to 2009 :p

    it does work between macs but not between mac and idevices which is a bit annoying especially if you simply want to share an image from your iphone to the mac
  20. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Yup. At least a central repo of shared files would be great. Then, teh same (even multi-Gigabyte) files could easily be shared between apps of different capabilities. (This is a VERY acute problem with video players.) Currently, all one can do is symlinking - of course, on a JB'n device only.

    Apple's own inter-app file transfer support is pathetic - it physically copies the file and has a cap of 200 MBytes. Definitely useless for quickly transfer a large video file from Player1 to Player2 when the need arises.


    Lolz... pretty pathetic... So much for "innovation"...
  21. macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2013
    FREE Alternative for AirDrop between Mac and iOS

    Hello, I also had a problem with AirDrop between my MacBook Air (running Mac OS X Mavericks) and my iPhone 5 (running iOS 7.0.2). I also understand that AirDrop for iOS isn't available on the iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPad 3, and iPad 2. In a search to find a great alternative, I did end up finding an app called DeskConnect, which is FREE and runs great on Mac and iDevices (and not just iOS 7 or Mac OS X Mavericks).

    DeskConnect (links below) allows users to transfer Photos, Documents, Websites, and even Clipboards between any Mac or iDevice. And even better, they don't have to be within range of each other, like what AirDrop requires. You can be in California on vacation and taking pictures, and as long as you are logged into DeskConnect on your destination device, you're set! You can send files between multiple devices at the same time as well. Though not all AirDrop features are available with DeskConnect, DeskConnect still comes packed with features that aren't available with AirDrop.

    Here is the Mac App Store link:

    Here is the link to the app on the iTunes Store (for iPod, iPhone, & iPad):

    Hope you guys found this a little bit helpful. :)

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