AirDrop is a new feature in Apple’s OS X and iOS operating system. AirDrop allows file transfer between user and Mac supported system and iOS mobile devices without the need of mass storage devices. However, OS X and iOS operating system utilize different AirDrop protocols and are currently not interoperable. Apple attempts to develop AirDrop feature to make local file sharing as simple as possible. Any system running AirDrop can detects each other over Wi- Fi and automatically setup connections for transmitting and receiving files without requiring the users to configure any networking options. AirDrop in OS X operates over Wi-Fi, whereas the iOS implementation utilizes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

However, AirDrop works only when two or more users are near each other, as it is a proximity-limited technology. This feature supports only fourth generation iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5 or later, fifth generation iPod touch, have both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. When Airdrop is activated, it utilizes Bluetooth and ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks to create to link the two devices together and allows for faster transfer speeds.

Limitations of AirDrop

  • Major limitation of AirDrop is that it doesnot support file transfer between iOS devices and Mac. You can share or transfer files between Macs or between iOS devices.
  • Another limitation is that you cannot use this feature to share files from iOS or Mac to any other operating system.

Supported Devices

The following iOS devices support AirDrop file sharing, once upgraded to iOS 7.

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Mini
  • iPod Touch (5th generation)
  • iPod Air
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5C

Mac product includes

  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • MacBook
  • iMac
  • Mac Mini
  • Mac Pro

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