Monday, March 31, 2014

Apple needs to fix AirDrop – It should just work

AirDrop is a technology that Apple introduced to make sharing simple. The problem is that they only half implemented the solution. AirDrop is a simple sharing solution that works between iOS devices that are running iOS 7. AirDrop is also a technology that Apple introduced in OS X Mountain Lion to allow sharing between newer Macs via Wi-Fi.

Computerworld has an article that explains how to use AirDrop: Quick guide: AirDrop for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7

The confusing part of all this is that Apple called the sharing on OS X and the sharing on iOS 7 AirDrop. However, in a move that is totally counter to the Apple “It Just Works” mantra, AirDrop will not work between Macs and iOS 7 devices. Macs can share with other Macs and iOS 7 devices can share with other iOS7 devices.

Hopefully this is something that will be fixed in an update to OS X Mavericks and iOS7. It is counter-intuitive that you can’t share between any Apple device using AirDrop. It is certainly a feature that would make it easier to send pictures pictures or documents from an iOS device to your laptop or desktop, without having to upload via the cloud.

Come on Apple! Fix this crazy omission in AirDrop functionality!

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