AirDrop with iMac?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Sensamic, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68020

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    Does AirDrop work with Macs or just with iOS devices?

    Can I send a PDF, word document, pictures, videos and more from my iMac to the iPad using AirDrop instead of iTunes?

    Thanks.
     
  2. macrumors 603

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  3. macrumors 6502

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    ...and only specific iOS devices....works on my iPhone 5 but not on my iPad 3.
     
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    dannyyankou

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    It'll be a "revolutionary" new feature of OS 10.10
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I believe the reason it doesn't support OS X right now is due to the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy requirement?
     
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    FlatlinerG

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    OS X does have it's own AirDrop but it doesn't work quite the same as it does in iOS 7. Currently it's Mac-Mac or iOS-iOS only.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    AFAIK it will work between iOS7 and OS X when Mavericks comes out...
     
  8. macrumors 603

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    It doesn't work with Mavericks yet. Wouldn't count on it, they'd have to update it to the new way Airdrop works with Bluetooth LE.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well, I kinda expect it. Such a stupid decision from Apple, as always.

    Isn't one of their main features integration between all of the lineup?
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    No. Apple said in the Keynote it is iOS to iOS only, that way you don't have to "bump" anything. In a reference to Android, and the bump app...
     
  11. macrumors 6502

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    You must not have understood him. Apple always boasts an awesome ecosystem of products that work seamlessly together, but now they aren't allowing iOS and OS X to do a simple task of transferring files between each other wirelessly....I STRONGLY doubt Jobs would have let that happen.
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    Jobs probably wouldn't have allowed the feature. If AirDrop ever cross platforms with Mac, we would need some type of documents app, that supports a good load of formats...Because right now, AirDrop between iOS makes sense, at least until something is figured out, and iOS grows in space, like 128GB...
     
  13. macrumors 603

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    Not necessarily...I assume you can already share documents via AirDrop, and they will appear in pages/keynote etc. There's no reason Apple couldn't just restrict it to whatever file types iOS-iOS AirDrop currently supports.
     
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    FSMBP

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    You can share documents. But I wonder what happens if the other user doesn't have the app to open that file (ex. my friend AirDrops a Garageband file from his iPhone to mine but I don't have Garageband because I temporarily deleted to save space or I have purchased it yet. I wonder where it would deposit the file?).
     
  15. macrumors 603

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    I imagine it wouldn't let you share it in that instance.
     
  16. macrumors 65816

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    As always? How do you think a company ends up as successful as Apple is by "always" making stupid decisions?

    And yes, "integration" is a selling point for Apple devices. That integration comes through iCloud, not AirDrop. Don't get me wrong, it would be awesome if AirDrop worked between iOS and OS X. But I fail to see how AirDrop, a minor feature, is in any way indicative of Apple's overall decision making process.
     

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