AirDrop on Late 2007 Macbook?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by thewhitehart, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. thewhitehart, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
    Anyone have any luck operating AirDrop on a Late 2007 Macbook?

    This was one of the features I really wanted with Lion. I knew my Macbook would support Lion, so I didn't hesitate to just click the 'install' button in the App Store.

    I really wish Apple made this a bit more clearer instead of sticking it at the bottom of the 'More...' notes on the Lion download page. Fair enough if older hardware can't support all features, but it should have been made more clear. That's pretty shady.

    EDIT: I had to dig into Mac OS X Lion's tech specs page, , to get the information. IMHO, it should have been posted in a footnote under AirDrop on the 250+ New Features page. It's nowhere to be found there.
  2. HENRYMCS macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2008
    Me either. Hopefully some sort of hack is discovered so we can enable this feature.
  3. defecta macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010
    See eric.d's post in this thread over at the official apple discussions forum.

    It looks like its not necessarily manufactured obsolescence, there is a genuine hardware requirement that needs to be met.

    There is similar but not identical functionality with 3rd party software as not doubt some of you are already aware. (DropCopy)
  4. RobstaHendricks macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    Possibility of enabling on 'unsupported hardware'

    Am yet to test this... The owner of the newer MacBook Pro is sleeping, but have the airdrop icon now...

    Give this a whirl

    [No liability from myself if you do follow, but as said, have the icon now on this MacBook of late 2007]

    Hope to repost a success or failure later =]
  5. RobstaHendricks macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    MB L2007 to MBP E2011 ADTF Complete

    Ok, so I can confirm that the method in the link above does work... However, as the post says, you do need to run the same command on both MB[P]s... I also checked size & checksum, and file opens identically at both ends.

    So with that in mind, if you have only a few MB[P]s on your network in range, then this is ideal, and more to the point, might even work out more secure than the newer Lion users, unless the tip is adopted widely =]

  6. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Airdrop is working on my 2008 MBP with that tip and I successfully transferred a file with another mac!

    This is why I have an rss feed of macosxhints. They publish some really interesting tips. I think this one tops them all.

    Airdrop was one feature I was really looking forward to and actually wanted. I was really disappointed that this was a hardware problem and I couldn't get it. I'm glad I finally got it now.

    *feels at peace* :D

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