By Joaquim Barbosa on Dec 5, 2016
The AirDrop file transfer protocol, introduced with Mac OS X Lion and iOS 7, is a fast and convenient way to transfer files between Apple devices. The current version of the service is interoperable between iOS and macOS, but requires both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to be active in order to work. It also requires Mac OS X Yosemite or newer and a hardware model from 2012 or later.
However, the version of AirDrop that shipped as standard with OS X between 10.7 (Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks), whilst unable to send files to iOS devices, works without Bluetooth and on Mac models going back as far as 2008. Luckily, alongside the newer version, this legacy mode is still included on all Mac models to date, and as this guide will show, can be modified to have an even broader functionality.
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2016
AirDrop, a peer-to-peer technology for wireless content exchange across iOS and OS X devices, is universally panned as one of those features that don’t “just work”.
But things are not that simple. As it turns out, more often than not AirDrop issues that people encounter can be resolved quite easily. That’s why you shouldn’t give up on AirDrop yet in case it’s acting up. There’s most likely a good explanation, and an easy solution, for the AirDrop hiccups you’ve been experiencing.
AirDrop can save you a ton of time so here’s hoping that our troubleshooting tips will persuade you to give this really, really cool feature another chance. If AirDrop is not working properly for you, read on to find out how you can do some basic troubleshooting. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2015
The easiest way to share content between your Mac and an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is AirDrop, a device-to-device wireless transfer technology built into the bowels of iOS and OS X. But when you want to transfer files between Apple devices and other platforms, AirDrop isn’t very helpfu.
AirDrop, as you know, is limited to iOS and OS X and doesn’t work on Android, Windows or other operating systems and computing platforms. Enter Snapdrop, an interesting web-based HTML5 clone of AirDrop by German developer Robin Linus.
Billed as the easiest way to transfer files across different devices, Snapdrop runs in a web browser and doesn’t require you to install any special software. But does it work as advertised? Read on to find out. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2015
Following an extensive testing, Apple on Tuesday released OS X 10.11.2 (build number 15C50), the second major update to El Capitan, for public consumption. In addition to improving the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, OS X 10.11.2 improves iCloud Photo Sharing for Live Photos, as well as the reliability of Wi-Fi networking, Handoff and AirDrop.
Moreover, the software update includes fixes for Bluetooth devices disconnecting on a whim, the Mail app deleting messages in an offline Exchange account and problems with importing photos from an iPhone to a Mac using a USB cable. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2015
AirDrop, one of the most overlooked features of both OS X and iOS, was designed to simplify wireless file sharing between Macs and iOS devices, without having to connect to an existing network or going through the hassle of having to type a password.
AirDrop debuted on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 7, but the two were not interoperable due to incompatible protocols. Starting with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, AirDrop works between OS X and iOS more or less like a breeze.
However, AirDrop on Macs requires a modern Wi-Fi chipset, meaning older desktops and notebooks may be unsupported. Here’s how to tell if your Mac meets minimum system requirements for AirDrop. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 21, 2015
Every waking day I send tons of screenshots from my iPhone to my Mac via AirDrop. And every day I wish that Apple allowed users to customize the AirDrop save location. Not only is the ~/Downloads folder the default save location, but it can’t be modified, not even via undocumented methods.
As a workaround, I use Hazel ($29 w/ free trial) to automate the process of moving images sent via AirDrop to my Desktop. It’s a great workaround that does the job. While it would be nice if Apple allowed you to specify an exact save location, this is probably the next best thing. Read More
By Lory Gil on Feb 12, 2015
In my line of work, I constantly need pictures on my desktop or laptop that I’ve taken on my iPhone. I personally use iCloud on Photos because the images immediately appear on my synced computers. However, there are a number of different ways to transfer pictures to your desktop or laptop, which also makes it much easier to delete them off of your iPhone, freeing up space.
We’ve got a basic how-to guide for transferring photos from your iPhone or iPad Photos app to your Mac using a few different options. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 20, 2014
Developer Majd Alfhaily is back with a new iOS 8-ready version of AnyDrop, the jailbreak app that allows you to share any file via the built-in AirDrop feature on iOS 8. Entitled AnyDrop 3, this latest version of the app supports both iOS 7 and iOS 8 out of the box. If you’re interested in unleashing AirDrop, making it compatible with native file system files and even Music app tracks, then AnyDrop 3 is a jailbreak app that’s worth investigating. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 28, 2014
AirDrop is a file transmission tool that first debuted in OS X Lion. Prior to iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, the AirDrop protocols between Mac and iOS were not compatible. This incompatibility made AirDrop worthless in the eyes of many, as most casual users would prefer to exchange data between a Mac and an iOS device, instead of two Macs.
The AirDrop issue has been solved in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. AirDrop now works beautifully between a Mac and an iPhone, or a Mac and an iPad. It’s a great way to make quick transmissions between local devices. Watch our video walkthrough after the break for a demonstration of AirDrop in action. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2014
Having more than doubled free OneDrive tier from seven to fifteen gigabytes of cloud storage, Microsoft today rolled out an update to its free OneDrive client for iPhone and iPad.
In addition to the inevitable bug fixes and performance improvements, OneDrive now lets you share files via Apple’s AirDrop technology and includes HLS support which lets it adapt to your available bandwidth when video-streaming… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2014
AirDrop is such a good feature, but on a jailbroken iPhone it’s been turned into a great feature. That’s because there’s AnyDrop 2—a jailbreak tweak that supercharges the concept of AirDrop, and makes it accessible for any file on the native file system.
Imagine iFile with AirDrop sharing, and you pretty much have AnyDrop. It’s more than that, though, because AnyDrop allows you to share media files from your Music app library, Video app library, and Photo app library. It even comes bundled with a hidden feature that lets you download and share YouTube videos called YouTubeDrop.
Needless to Say, AnyDrop 2 is a great jailbreak tweak to have if you’re interested in getting more than the pedestrian experience out of AirDrop. Watch our video after the break to see what I mean. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 25, 2013
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… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Jun 25, 2013
Among the 35 patents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple Tuesday was a design for a never before seen icon entitled Nearby. The icon could describe a wireless transfer feature expected in iOS 7, called Airdrop. This latest patent dump also unveils new emoticons for Messages, as well as another design patent for Apple’s Lightning adapter… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2013
In addition to Control Center, a new iOS 7 feature which puts often used Settings toggled just a swipe away anywhere in the system, Apple has also made it easier to send your files and documents to other iOS devices and Macs with AirDrop. As you know, Apple launched AirDrop on Macs with OS X Lion.
AirDrop talks to devices directly over Wi-Fi, without the need for an Internet connection or having to join a Wi-Fi network. In fact, the system is hassle-free in that you don’t need to configure anything – it just works… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2013
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… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2012
As you know, iOS 6 brings with it richer, prettier sharing invoked by tapping the standard Share button in apps. Unfortunately, the operating system predetermines your choices which typically include Twitter and Facebook, plus certain app-specific features like Email, iTunes, iMessage and more.
This is a far cry from Android. In Google’s operating system, apps can broadcast their services, making it possible to send an image from a third-party photography app directly to an email client, using your app’s specific contextual options advertised in Android’s standard Action Bar.
Should Apple implement a similar solution in iOS 6? Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2012
If you’ve ever used a Mac running OS X Lion, then there’s a good chance you’ve played with AirDrop. The drag-and-drop feature allows users to share content between computers on a common Wi-Fi network with understated ease.
It’s such a cool feature, in fact, that a lot of folks have wondered when Apple is going to bring it to iOS. Just imagine dragging and dropping files to your iPhone or iPad — it’d be awesome. Especially if it looked anything like this… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2012
9to5Mac reports to have ‘discovered’ a Broadcom chip inside one of the prototypes of the next iPhone. The write-up specifically menions Broadcom’s BCM4334 unit, basically a single-chip, dual-band silicon that supports 802.11n WiFi networking, Bluetooth 4.0+HS and an integrated FM radio receiver.
A successor to Broadcom’s BCM4330 – itself fabbed on the 65-nanometer process and found inside the iPad 3 and iPhone 4S – the newer BCM4334 unit is built on the 40-nanometer process, resulting in significant power savings.
As a result of using this chip in the next iPhone, Apple should be able to mitigate power drain stemming from the bigger screen and LTE radios while making a thinner device overall. That’s just the beginning. Read on… Read More