AirDrop is really nice!

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Black Magic, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. Black Magic macrumors 68020

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    So I just played with AirDrop back and forth with my iPhone and iPad Mini and let me tell you it is awesome! Apple hit the ball out of the park with this one. What the hell was Samsung thinking tapping phones when this is so much more easier and user friendly?

    I can see this feature getting some serious use!
  2. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    Now they just have to allow it to work between iOS and OSX...It seem's like they really dropped the ball there.:confused:
  3. malih macrumors member


    May 11, 2013
    Exactly, without OS X support, it's useless for me, I don't need transferring files between my portable devices, I need to transfer them from/to my Desktop/Laptop.

    Would be even better if they create an app to run AirDrop service for Windows too.
  4. Black Magic thread starter macrumors 68020

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    Sharing files with other folks is still really cool especially when it's so simple now.
  5. britbloke macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2010
    It will most certainly be integrated into OSX in the near future, just like Airplay. And I can see Windows getting in on it too via 3rd party devs (similar to how XBMC allows Airplay on WinPC).
  6. MVRL macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2011

    I agree w/ this. I have been forced to use google drive/dropbox to do what airdrop should be able to. What a shame.
  7. CAWjr macrumors 6502


    Jan 19, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    But what can you really share without the file system being opened up? Beyond photos & videos, are they going to limit it to iWork docs? I either use DropBox or a thumb drive on my keychain to be able to quickly transfer files of any type from one machine to another. If AirDrop is limited to only a few file types, it will be "nice" but not truly useful.

    And I will admit that I have not yet done a deep dive into the AirDrop specs, so if I missed a sheet that defines what it can & can't bad.
  8. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Apple said if an app can use a share sheet, it can use Airdrop.
  9. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    I've been using instashare during the beta and now it's on the App Store. Suits my needs perfectly.
  10. stooovie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2010
    AirDrop between iOS and OSX is not going to work. Hardware limitation (Wifi direct needed for ad hoc wireless connection - no internet connection needed).
  11. phositadc macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
  12. TheJetSetBug macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2011

    It will be nice... I share photos with near friends all the time and sometimes iMessage doesn't deliver as quickly as I would like in spotty coverage areas. It will be nice to be able to go from phone to phone directly.

    I would imagine that if the AirDrop functionality for iPhone>Mac doesn't exist with the pending iOS 7 release, it will be incorporated later. I think Apple would be smart enough to name the feature something else if they have no intention of Mac integration since Macs have had AirDrop for awhile. Obviously the requirement will be that the Mac and iPhone be on the same 802.3/802.11 /bluetooth network. I suspect the update will occur to the Mac to allow this feature to be used with iOS 7. Hopefully this occurs. I'm tired of iMessaging myself pics to my Mac. (I don't want to use Photostream) :)
  13. Ashin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    Looking forward to jailbreak to get this on my iPhone 4:rolleyes:
  14. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I am surprised Apple didn't name this feature iDrop.

    Dropbox is very nice, in my opinion. I am the only one in my family with an iPhone. And without OS X integration, the Airdrop feature is worthless to me, at this point in time.
  15. matttye, Sep 17, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2013

    matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    Dropbox uploads data to the cloud. Airdrop creates an ad hoc wifi connection between two devices and fires the data straight to it. It doesn't use the internet. This means in ideal conditions it could reach almost the maximum throughput your router is capable of, just like locally networked computers.
  16. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    The iPhone 4 doesn't support Wi-Fi Direct, therefore it's impossible for it to actually support AirDrop.


    Except the thing is with share sheets, you're sharing one of 5 things:

    iWork documents
  17. flux73 macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2009
    Why can't AirDrop be implemented on OS X? Are the Mac's WiFi incapable of doing WiFi Direct? I wasn't aware that this was a hardware limitation.
  18. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    The Mac uses WiFi Ad-Hoc, iOS uses Wi-Fi Direct

    It's more efficient for mobile devices to use Wi-Fi Direct, but IIRC the wifi chips in the all new Airs are actually Wi-Fi Direct compatible, so chances are we'll see AirDrop iOS <--> OS X with future models of the Mac in a 7.1/10.9.x update or 8.0/10.10.
  19. stooovie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2010
  20. Böhme417 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    From Wikipedia:
    "Only one of the Wi-Fi devices needs to be compliant with Wi-Fi Direct to establish a peer-to-peer connection that transfers data directly between each other with greatly reduced setup."

    Is this not accurate?
  21. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011

    I'm not a Wi-Fi Direct Genius. It's not just not having Wi-Fi Direct though, it's the protocols involved along with how the devices communicate. It's much much much more detailed than just having Wi-Fi Direct or not.
  22. inscrewtable macrumors 68000


    Oct 9, 2010
    What about Instashare?
  23. SantaRosa2.2 macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2012
    Somewhere in Florida
    Found an app called deskconnect in the app store that works really great for this.

    You can transfer files like photos, small videos, PDF files, etc. as long as they're under 100 megabytes.

    You have to download the app both for Mac and your iOS device and you can share files between the two very quickly and easily.

    One of the best apps I've used in a while very simple and intuitive.
  24. malih macrumors member


    May 11, 2013
    Yes, I think it's cool too. I do appreciate it when meeting with another friend using Macbook that I can simply AirDrop a file, but we rarely hang out.

    It's just that personally, I'm the only one with iDevices, my girlfriend and most of my friends are Android+Windows users.
  25. doasis23 macrumors regular


    Aug 23, 2012
    I understand Wi Fi needs to be turned on but do you need to be connected to a router for it to work?

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