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Everything we’ve heard regarding iOS 7 up to this point suggests that the update will be rather significant in terms of UI changes. Icons and several other elements have been reportedly redesigned to give the software a more modern look. But what about new features?

According to a new report, in addition to improved in-car behavior for Siri and Maps, and system-level integration of Vimeo and Flickr, Apple is also working on AirDrop for iOS. The feature, which is already available on OS X, will make it easier than ever to share files with other iOS devices…

9to5Mac’s oft-accurate Mark Gurman reports:

“Apple is currently testing versions of iOS 7 internally that include the AirDrop WiFi-direct file sharing tool from the Mac, according to people familiar with the software…

Sources say that the AirDrop functionality is currently integrated into the standard iOS share menu. AirDrop will work between two iOS devices and potentially between an iOS device and a Mac. The feature will make it easier than ever to transfer, for example, a photograph or document from one person’s iPhone to another person’s iPad.”

Of course, as great as this all sounds, Gurman is quick to point out that Apple is just testing the feature and it’s very possible that it could get pulled before iOS 7 is revealed. It’s actually already happened before—last year, the iOS team was seen testing an AirDrop-like feature that never saw the light of day.

For those unfamiliar with it, AirDrop was first introduced in OS X Lion and it creates an ad-hoc network of sorts that allows Mac users to easily share files, photos and other media with other Mac users. Opening the AirDrop utility exposes all nearby, compatible Macs, and sharing a file with them is as easy as dragging and dropping it onto their computer.

Android has had [NFC] peer-to-peer sharing for quite some time now, so hopefully Apple will bring iOS up to snuff this year. As it stands now, if you want to send a photo to a friend from an iOS device you have to either message or e-mail it to them, or use a third-party service. So it’d certainly be nice to have a better native file sharing option.

If the AirDrop feature is going to make the cut this time around, we’re hoping to hear about it later this month at WWDC. Apple has already confirmed that it will be showing previews of both OS X 10.9 and iOS 7 during its opening-day keynote on June 10.

Are you hoping to see AirDrop added to iOS this year? Why or why not?

  • omrishtam

    8 DAYZ!!!!!!!!!!
    i hope they will do a big change……

    • Ian

      7. 😀

  • Mr. E

    So is this like samsung’s touch to share thingy?

    • Parth Patel

      Nope.

    • TeddyBearStand

      lolz samsung would have to change their commercials around if that were to be true.

    • Anthony Antunez

      Sort of yeah. Except it doesn’t require you to touch phones like S-Beam does since iPhones don’t use NFC… yet. It will use an ad-hoc network instead.

    • qosmio

      Not really ! coz Samsung uses NFC and AirDrop at the mo works if both of the hardware is using the same network… so at the mo it won’t work over your 3G network..

      coz both devices aren’t sharing the same connection . but I guess they could use “Tethering ” say when you both open the “Airdrop” app one device shares its network connecting with the other device so the file can be shared… Then after completion the connection will stop… IE all done in the background ( User doesn’t have to do anything )

      hahaha just a thought maybe 100% wrong
      Kind regards Qosmio

      • Michael Hulet

        I bet if they add AirDrop to iOS, they’d have to add the ability to do it over Cellular, if the network is relevant. I don’t own a Mac, so I’m not entirely sure how AirDrop works on it, but I bet at least the iOS version would work by the first device to open AirDrop would create an ad-hoc network and all other compatible iOS devices in the area with a certain screen open would automatically connect, and it works like OS X from there

  • @sexyhamthing

    Still going to be the same boring crap… i find it odd that you people get all excited over a new look when there are hundreds available in cydia, the only difference is the fact that the former mentioned is stock

    • Jaime Alan Mendez Castro

      Shut up squidward!

      • @sexyhamthing

        well, i do say ive been owned

    • Anthony Antunez

      Having something in stock is better than requiring a jailbreak which the OS may not have at the time. The more features and changes added to stock, the less I need a jailbreak which IMO is a good thing.

  • onebyone_

    what about iCloud (taking photos and auto-share instantly with your Mac?) they just need to redefine the iCloud services or make a little changes to make it more “open” and flexible or people will need to learn more how to use this integrated service on his iDevices.

    • TeddyBearStand

      Seems pretty straight forward as-is.

  • TeddyBearStand

    Excite. Holding it back though, don’t want to get my hopes up.

  • Meh, they’re partially integrating the Jailbreak tweak “AirBlue Sharing”…sue them @smartype

    • Piyush

      ya mac had Bluetooth sharing already . so now they are just implementing on ios and you didnt even have seen the features work. dude don’t troll.

      • Yah, and my toyphone from the 90s was rectangular with curved edges, so what exactly is your point iTard? Go suck Tim Cock’s balls….

      • qosmio

        Reads like you should be STILL playing with those toys…

      • Reads like you’re still too daft to think for yourself…typical iSheep.

      • qosmio

        iSheep! Wow did you think that up all on your own?.. Pls take a lollipop and stick a gold star on yourself. Your so grown up NOW!!! 😉

      • Piyush

        my point is you don’t even know if there is feature like this and you are trolling like hell , what will happen if this feature is added are you gonna cry over internet about suing apple.why i am talking to a troll , you carry on with your work, me in peace , i will use what i like , and mind your language.

      • Sounds like you’ve been living under a rock. Incase you haven’t noticed, for the past year and a half, since SJ passed away, Apple has become so predictable. Almost every rumor that arose few days before the product release/unveil, has been proven to be true; don’t see what makes this here any different…besides time.

        Apple has been a patent troll for the past few years; most of their lawsuits have just been ridiculous. So, was just kidding that @smartype should give them a taste of their own medicine…

      • Piyush

        but who are you to judge , they are doing wrong i admit , every company does , they have also got the taste of their medicine by stock prices falling , loosing cases in other countries .but that dosent mean you talk like that as if you are god or something like that.You haven’t read the news why they started patenting every damn thing , there is good article about it on internet you should read it.and tell me what was reveal about ios6 before unveil. hardware is only predictble not software.

    • Fraz

      Exactly.

  • Kurt

    Would be great if there is support for us Windows users.

    • qosmio

      Would be nice for windows users like yourself ( sorry if i’m wrong ” but sadly I don’t think it would/will happen. Maybe on windows they could make it part of iTunes ? Sadly again I don’t think it would/will happen.

    • Raashid

      So long as it’s not a money making machine (like iTunes and iCloud subscriptions), I doubt Apple will ever spend the time to make it available to Windows users. They’ll probably make it exclusive to Mac OS X to attract their dream Mac users.

      Although, I certainly agree it would be great if they made it available to Windows users…perhaps make it compatible with the Windows version of AirDrop that’s been available in Windows XP as “Windows Easy Transfer”….

    • Ian

      I use Box. Download it, and put your synced things in the Box folder, and if you have it installed on a Mac, you can share with a Mac that way. That’s how I do it.

      • Kurt

        Box is nice. I have 50gigs free because I have a touchpad and box installed. But it’s limited to 100 meg files. So I use Dropbox primarily. And Plex is great. I really like the UI.

      • Ian

        Yeah, I have 50 GB too. 🙂 A nice thing to know, Flickr is offering 1 TB for free if you want to use it.

      • Kurt

        Cool, didn’t know that. Maybe I should start using it. Had an account for a few years but never uploaded anything. Thanks for letting me know

      • Ian

        No problem. I’m uploading 60 GB of photos I’ve had since I was 5, lol.

  • Kamrul

    E3 and iOS 7 reveal on June 10th its going to be a good day.

  • Ian

    And just the other day I was wondering if they would add this, lol.

  • bloodshed

    when i think about, is ios7 gonna make up for the 40+ tweaks i have on my iphone?..half, maybe 5?..i guess not. Oh jb, i love you.

  • Kurt

    On sale for 5 bucks. Hope it’s a good app.

    • David Cawthorne

      Already recommended it to serveral friends, works really well, worth $5! It’s a dual app and I have it on both my iPhone and iPad.

  • Jhonny Lennon

    RIP Instashare… :'(

  • Mohamed Ibrahem

    why i can’t send files by bluetooth

  • sasan akbari

    I hope they make a big change. Because if they not, I’d move to android phone, like my dad did.

  • Gorgonphone

    no thanks

  • chjode

    Like Bump? I’ve used that since 2009.

  • pawfyd

    Just give us bluetooth sharing. My phone from 2004 had it and guess what – it works on all platforms…