Apple Testing AirDrop Wireless File Sharing in iOS 7

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AirDrop, a wireless file transferring feature that originated on OS X Lion, could be headed to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in iOS 7. According to Mark Gurman for 9to5Mac, citing sources familiar with the matter, Apple is currently testing the direct file sharing tool internally on iOS devices.

At the same time, Gurman stresses that Apple could still make last-minute changes to iOS 7 that results in AirDrop being further delayed. It’s not the first time that Apple would push back AirDrop for iOS, either, as it did so prior to the unveiling of iOS 6 last year. 

AirDrop will reportedly be integrated into the standard iOS sharing menu, allowing file transfer between multiple iOS devices and potentially between an iOS device and a Mac. While most of this functionality currently exists in the form of iCloud, AirDrop will allow seamless file exchanges between iOS devices owned by separate users.

Rival mobile platform Android has offered peer-to-peer file sharing for a number of years, but the feature has varied in setup across different handsets and software versions. For example, the Samsung implementation of file sharing differed from Google’s approach on stock Android. AirDrop for iOS, on the other hand, will function the same across all Apple devices.


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