iOS 7: AirDrop video walkthrough

By , Jun 25, 2013

AirDrop featured

As you all know by now, Apple has added new AirDrop functionality to iOS7, a desperately needed function that allows users to share files easily between devices. The tech, which requires both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to be enabled, alleviates the stress of needing to quickly share files between users.

We talked about the new AirDrop feature before, but now we have a full blown video walkthrough that showcases the functionality. Take a look inside for more info…

As you can see, while AirDrop requires both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to be enabled, it doesn’t require you to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. This allows for true peer-to-peer sharing via Bluetooth.

Another feature that you’ll notice is that you have the ability to limit AirDrop connectivity to your contacts. You can choose to open it up to everyone, or disable AirDrop altogether as well.

Connectivity and file transfer appeared to be fast, efficient, and extremely simple in my hands-on test with the feature. I think that this is a feature that a lot of people aren’t really appreciating just due to the fact that most don’t have multiple iOS 7 devices available to use it in a real world scenario. Once iOS 7 is released and the majority of iPhone owners adopt it, I believe this will be one of the favorite features for end-users.

What do you think about AirDrop? Are you excited about this brand new iOS 7 feature?

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  • Ian

    About time Apple introduces Airdrop to iDevices..

  • Gorgonphone

    hmmmm

  • Anthony Petell

    Completely agree!!!

  • jocastro

    nice feature to have

  • Ricky

    Hows the transfer speed… I wanna know the numbers hahahah

    • Saeed Ghattas

      Its just fast :)

  • Ian

    Say, anyone know how to get Airdrop on jailbroken device? I don’t know that AirBlue thing or whatever it’s called. Is there an alternative?

  • Amp

    I didn’t find much use for it other then sending pictures, let’s see where it goes.

    • John

      Sending files

      • Amp

        What kind of files?

      • John

        Let’s see…What files could be sent using a technology currently only available on a beta version of an operating system?

        Currently nothing much.

        Let’s wait until it’s go live and it’s implemented into third-party Apps, eh?

    • X8QU4Ot

      You can share files in any App has “Open in” option.

  • Amp

    I’m selling UDID activations for $5 if anyone is interested.

    • Johnathan Jennings

      GTFO. We all know how to do it for free. So stop trying to get money.

      • Guest

        How do you do it for free?

      • dedegarrido

        just restore to iOS 6.1.4, than activate it, download iOS 7, restore to the FW and that’s it… it will already be activated when you boot iOS 7.

      • brooks whiffen seale

        You have to update to ios 7, if you don’t, then it wont open,

      • Johnathan Jennings

        YouTube my friend. YouTube.

  • Willie

    at least i saved my time bumping other people’s phone with airdrop

  • Khan Rulzz

    Apple saved me from bumping phones here & there thanks god !!!!!

  • Ricky

    I wonder how does multitasking gesture works with ios7 on ipad…. Does the 5 finger swipe up still works?

    • mozainuddin

      Yes, It does still work

  • Omar Zaldivar

    You Guys haven’t say anything or commented about the beta 2 of Mavericks.

    • John

      There isn’t much to say about the beta two of Mavericks.
      There’s nothing new (sadly)

      The one thing I have noticed, that is annoying about Mavericks, the icons are still the same as OS X 10.8–They aren’t sexy and new like they are in iOS 7.

  • mozainuddin

    iOS 7 AirDrop does not talk to Mac OS AirDrop for now, right?
    I wish it could!

    • jaystrab

      That is ridiculous if they do not allow sending files to and from Macs as well.

    • John

      Not at the moment, one thing I found surprising in the first beta…but I think that’s more a restriction on OS X side, rather then on the iOS side.

      OS X AirDrop can only be done at the moment if both computers are on the same WiFi network.

    • momerathe

      yeah, this would be my no.1 use for it.

    • Trenchfoote

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it is enabled, would be really really nice to have.

  • Rami Tabaa

    Hey guys can anyone give me a feedback regarding the battery on iOS 7 Beta 2?

    • John

      One free battery with every download of iOS 7 beta 2.
      =D

      Seems better then beta one. Actually, seems much better.

      • Rami Tabaa

        Aha nice i think i’ll update to beta 2 then.

      • Trenchfoote

        I’ve been using it since it dropped and beta 2 is way better on the battery.

      • Gino Krkeanz

        sir how can i download iOS 7 beta 2?

  • Jonathan

    “majority of iPhone owners adopt it,” Are the majority of devices iPhone 5? I don’t know the stats but I’d expect the number of 4’s and 4S’s to be greater than the iPhone 5 (just because theres two models rather than one)? (and same goes for iPad/iPod touch).

    Also it doesn’t work between iOS and Mac does it?

    • J M

      I would imagine that quite a number of iPhone 4 people will begin upgrading their devices. They are coming up on 3 years old now, maybe the 4S won’t upgrade quite yet though….

      • momerathe

        I’m perfectly happy with my 4S right now – I’ll probably wait for the 6 before upgrading.

      • J M

        Which is indeed why I said mainly people with an iPhone 4, and that maybe 4S people won’t upgrade :)

  • Nihas Nebas

    next thing im waiting for is a tweak to enable airdrop on my 4s ….. yea waiting for a jailbreak

    • Lawry

      It would be great if Airdrop gets implemented in iPhone 4S…..lets hope from jailbreak community

    • Adham

      If I remember properly, it is not possible in older devices not because it is just disabled by Apple, but simply because it requires the newer Wifi chip found in iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5G, and iPad 4G.

  • Fevostone

    What I want kno can you send music..? If not I can’t see anyone using it coz wen ur sending pictures u can do it on iMessage and not be in the Place

    • Markus Hudobnik

      It sends pictures faster and without using data

      • Fevostone

        Wow it’s faster LOL and ya can just use wifi

      • Markus Hudobnik

        It is faster. A lot faster.

      • Fevostone

        Really!!!!!

  • Rowan09

    Can you send video files and if so what’s the limit?

  • Nour Khaled

    Still waiting for a jailbreak imagine ifile update that allows airdrop sharing wooooow

  • Atikur Rahman

    What files can transfer Jeff?? its all good with photos but could you please tell us if videos or mp3s work?
    Thanks.

    • brooks whiffen seale

      Without even trying, i can tell you mp3’s dont work

    • brooks whiffen seale

      Videos do.

  • David Gitman

    I cant say why I think about it..why? I have iphone 4 :(

    • TBone

      have faith in jailbreak

      • David Gitman

        I hope so :((

  • Razick Rilshad

    We can do video?

  • n0ahcruz3

    Finally apple! a more functional bluetooth on the iphone. If this was wifi/3g/lte only feature, its a fail. i hate the fact that apple devices relies to much on wifi for file transfers and not thinking about situations like lack of internet connectivity, slow internet and so on and so fort. Now add NFC on 5S and iphone will dominate the market.

    • Markus Hudobnik

      You do realize that Apple uses the wifi direct, both devices don’t have to be connected to the same wifi. It’s completely device to device.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I was talking about apple before Airdrop. Before airdrop how do we share photos from 1 device to another? Via email, icloud, imessage all of these requires internet connectivity without internet wifi/3g/lte these features are useless. With bluetooth you dont need to rely on the wifi/3G/Lte to transfer photos etc. thats what im saying. In short no internet no file transfer.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        Whoops I read it wrong

  • Charles

    Can you airdrop to a MacBook Pro?

    • John

      No. Not at the moment.

  • TBone

    i hope jailbreak can make iphone 4 support it

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Or just upgrade. :)

      • TBone

        already have iphone 5 with me :D but sadly my ipad 3 and iphone 4 eating dust :(

  • Cyrille BERTRAND

    I have to disagree Jeff when you write : Once iOS 7 is released and the majority of iPhone owners adopt it, I believe this will be one of the favorite features for end-users. For the simple reason that most people don t have an iphone 5 or an ipad 4 and i m quite furious that my ipad3 (you know, the non-lightning cable ipad4 only difference) does not support it.
    I truly hope jailbreak will help, even if i have to pay a little for that option (which should not be one).
    Thanks for your geat work by the way.

  • Kiss István

    Jeff,

    How can you get 6 icons in the dock in iPad? Is it default in iOS 7?

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I can’t wait to actually use this when people finally get the public release. It is easier to just send stuff via AirDrop, it takes few steps.

  • Chris Gaunt

    Sorry if this has been mentioned in other article, but is airdrop not possible on iPhone 4s or iPad 3 because of hardware limitations or is apple just crippling this on purpose? My house hold currently has an iPhone 4S, 5 and iPad 3. I was really excited about airdrop until I found out only one of those 3 support it. Same issue others may have no?

  • Jomaa.✌

    Why it won’t show up in my iphone 4s ?

  • X8QU4Ot

    noticed that I can use “Open in” in GoodReader to share file use AirDrop, but I don’t have two iDevice to test it.
    I wonder where will the file be stored after receive file from another device.

  • pawfyd

    What Apple doesn’t get is that most people don’t have iPhones. They have Android or other phones, so why not enable that simple bluetooth sharing between them? This is ridiculous. I finally want to start sending photos to other people. This feature is useless if it works only between iPhones, still not what we’ve been waiting for and what every other phones supports since 2000 or so.

  • Shayne

    i’m very excited for airdrop, i use it on my mac all the time: and i mostly just want podcasts to work right now… :/

  • As

    For iPhones, it’s only for the iPhone 5. Typical Apple move. They want you to buy the 5.

  • As

    Can someone explain the difference with basic bluetooth transfer? In case Apple users didn’t know, on other phones you can send any file with bluetooth (text, pdf, app, photo, video, you name it). I can’t believe are excited because now they can share files between (the latest) Apple devices? Really?

  • Antonio Latte

    I hate the way you are recording videos now

  • bboogey man

    Bug in iOS 7 beta 2 that u cant check ur balance , and no fluid scrolling in contacts list, contacts has many bugs .. Hope it will not appear in next beta..:)

  • Alejandro Arredondo Castro

    Do anyone els wanna know how Jeff record so good and fluis the screen in iOS 7 or 6?????

  • http://wptechj.blogspot.in/ neon

    Do u all dont think that ios 7 ui only looks good on white apple products?

  • Alejandro M. Marez

    I’m glad we finally get this feature on iOS. I can tell you how many times I’ve used this feature through iFile.

  • Hadi

    Does anyone know if using AirDrop needs internet access?

  • Buddy Milkshake

    Can you share mp3s?

  • Scottie Mertle

    So you can only use it around other iOS devices?

  • Scottie Mertle

    Does it only work w/ iOS devices close to you?… Because it doesnt give me the option..

  • Gretchen Hein Mross

    It isn’t showing up on my iPhone 4s

  • Parama Gandi

    can we send files (pictures, music, documents) to non-iDevices, such as macbook or any other non apple smartphone whose bluetooth as well?

  • Dartie

    It’s a shame it doesn’t integrate with OSX or has someone discovered a workaround?