This is ridiculous - Why is it so complicated to transfer a file

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  1. MacAPOL, Mar 17, 2013
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    MacAPOL macrumors member

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    Okey, i'm not a new apple user whatsoever, however i just can't understand why on this earth is so complicated to just transfer a simple file or photo from my iphone/ipad to my mac.:confused: ( always talking wirelessly)Why the hell bluetooth transfer is not supported between devices? Why is so complicated to do simple tasks? I thought apple slogan was to make things easy in a simple way, but no, something so simple as transferring a damn file to a computer ( even a mac lol) is impossible, unless you jailbreak. My old suckberry could transfer files via bluetooth, i just cannot understand this stupidity. Can anyone explain to me why? And if anyone knows some simple method to transfer files, as my father's s3 ? :rolleyes:

    I love apple, and i love more the industrial design and quality of their devices, but ios was good in 2007, now in 2013 is a poor and stale os, i'm sorry if fanboys get hurt by saying this, but if you think ios is the "world's most advanced os " as apple claims, you are blind. :mad:

    Rant over, thanks for reading/
     
  2. dvoros macrumors 6502

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    file transfer

    Your absolutely right. It is hard to do so. Samsung lets you touch phones to transfer. Apple is much much more difficult then it has to be.:(
     
  3. wxman2003 Suspended

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    Dropbox will only work if you have a wifi connection for all devices or you have them all on a data plan. Will not work with a wifi only ipad or laptop when there is no wifi to connect.
     
  4. jeremiah256 macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a reason you can't use Photo Stream?
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Photosync works awesomely for me
    I also use Dropbox

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  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I have done Bluetooth file sharing with various phones, and it has only been a nightmare. Using an app is so much nicer and safer. So I guess that's the main reason that Apple does it that way.

    I personally use Instashare. http://instashareapp.com
     
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    It has to do with how OSX treats your iPhone. On Windows it shows up as a camera. Browse into the file system and drag and drop what you want to keep. As far as I can tell the only option for this in OSX is using import software such as iPhoto. It works, but why? Well, I don't use my Mac to store photos, that's for sure.
     
  8. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

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    Plug in your iPhone. Open Preview on your mac. Go to the menu bar on top and find the setting to transfer photos from your iPhone.
     
  9. sauder macrumors member

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    Oh, yes, I believe you. iCloud is not as simple as it's professed. I trust Dropbox before I trust iCloud, and Photostream.

    I don't even know why they have Bluetooth. It doesn't do anything.
     
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    Get a Samsung.

    Just touch devices and your done.

    Apple needs to catch up on this
     
  11. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Hmmm, I use a Bluetooth headset with my iPhone 5
    and a Bluetooth keyboard with my iPad

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    I've used the Bump app for transfers with no issues
     
  12. MacAPOL thread starter macrumors member

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    From what i know photo stream uploads all of your images to the cloud, right? I dont need that, i only needed to transfer a pic to my mac on the move, just to show something, i didnt want to connect the cable :/
     
  13. tnsmart macrumors 6502

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    It's still in beta, but you might take a look at Instashare: http://instashareapp.com.
    I really wish Apple would implement something like this themselves.
     
  14. 617aircav Suspended

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    How is it a nightmare?

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    Why is apple still locking down Bluetooth transfers?
     
  15. matttye macrumors 601

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    Photo Stream, e-mail, DropBox, wireless sync (iTunes), any number of Bluetooth file sharing apps in the App Store.

    If you create a photo album on your iPhone called "SyncThese" or anything you like, you can choose to wirelessly sync just that album using iTunes and voila, they're on your computer.

    There's so many ways to do this it's not even funny.
     
  16. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

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    Bump app is a pain because iOS dosent allow file system integration. Much easier on samsung, if you already have the photo up on your gallery just touch phones and tap the screen no going to an app for it. iTunes and moving music is a real pain also with this one computer crap.

    iOS really needs to give developers more file system integration for power users.
     
  17. matttye, Mar 17, 2013
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    Shared photo streams allow you to share photos without even leaving your chair :) And once you've started a shared stream, it's very easy to share photos by simply adding more to that stream.

    Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Android/S-Beam, I just find iOS has plenty of ways to share photos. If they want to add NFC I'd be all for that, too.
     
  18. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

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    Apple is being completely stubborn about not having a file system.

    Everyone, and I mean everyone, knows how to use a file system these days.

    It completely screws up your work flow not to have a filesystem and results in duplicate documents.

    If you have a pdf, you can read it in iBooks, but to read that same document in GoodReader, you'd need to create another copy. This is just dumb.

    Regarding transferring photos, it is odd. Most--no, make that all--people would, after 25 years of standard patterns of computer usage--look for the folder where photos are stored, and want to drag them somewhere.

    That said, there are downsides to Android, but in regards to the filesystem, Apple has complicated matters rather than simplified them. Android uses a filesystem, and it looks like it's selling just fine to me.

    So yeah, you're right, it is ridiculous. There are ridiculous things about Android too. But the lack of a filesystem makes actually using a tablet as a regular computer a no-go for me. Real computers have a real filesystem and have a place where you can access the mp3s you own, inside a music folder. Rather than opening things up and then seeing SDFGSDGSDF34SDFIEUREU for one of your artists, in an effort to obfuscate things. There's no reason for that.
     
  19. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Because the Bluetooth transfer on OS X isn't that good. Mostly because it's designed for multiple devices. Some of them let you use the browse feature, others just "Send File". Bluetooth isn't standard across the board.

    My parents used to have phones that did it both ways, I also had a feature phone that was similar. So many arguments from the lack of patience when I was transferring stuff over. So wasn't worth it.
     
  20. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Doing this on an iPhone is like being catholic. Is a good religion and the Pope is cool, but still no contraceptives, don't even ask. :)

    [Professor hat on] I hazard to guess this (hard to copy) limitation is what Apple uses when it wants license from content providers who's always skiddish over piracy. I know Doesn't help OP.
     
  21. AnorexicPig macrumors 6502

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    Photo Stream works flawlessly, and if you are so paranoid about not having photos in the cloud,just delete them after copying them.
     
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    BT file transfers between two capable phones can be the best thing ever.

    I still have an iPhone 4 but recently got a Nexus 4 as my main phone. A week before I bought the Nexus 4, I went to Walmart and bought a cheap $29 Samsung ST phone. When I bought the Samsung, I was wondering how I would get my entire contacts list over to this phone because it can't connect via Google or sync on my computer to any apps.

    Messing with the Nexus one day, I started going through the menus in the people app and found that I could transfer my contacts list via BT. I was able to transfer everything including #s, addresses and comments to this cheap phone in about a minute yet an iPhone can't do such a thing. You have to sync them using iTunes or iCloud or Google.

    These types of conveniences make me glad I have alternatives. I do think I am done buying iPhones in the future. I'll keep using my 4S until it quits working though as it does one thing exceptionally well that my Nexus 4 is lacking: the iPod. Nothing compares on any other phone.
     

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