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iOS 7 Will Allegedly Feature AirDrop File Sharing

by Brandon Russell | June 3, 2013June 3, 2013 2:30 pm PDT

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Apple’s AirDrop feature, first introduced back in 2011 for OS X Lion, is reportedly being tested for iOS 7. The addition would presumably allow users to easily share files with friends and family. It could provide a more direct line if iMessage isn’t available. The Cupertino company is reportedly planning on unveiling the feature at WWDC next week, but there’s a possibility mobile AirDrop could get scrapped if production isn’t where Apple wants it to be.

According to sources speaking with 9to5Mac, mobile AirDrop would only work between compatible Wi-Fi Direct iOS devices, and slot right into the OS’s standard share menu. Want to share a picture, or document, with a buddy? Kick on AirDrop and you’re good to go. Apple’s iMessage already makes it super simple to share, but when Wi-Fi or Internet isn’t available, iOS users are basically out of luck.

9to5Mac does recall Apple working on the feature last year, but plans were eventually scrapped; there’s potential for a repeat, but one would hope that extra twelve months of development gave Apple enough time to work out the kinks. The company is allegedly making some big changes to how iOS looks and feels, so there’s no telling what’s making the cut and what isn’t.

Along with AirDrop, Apple reportedly has plans to more deeply integrate with Vimeo and Flickr, but those features might get scrapped as well, according to reports. We’re just one week away from seeing how much Jony Ive has changed one of the most popular mobile operating systems in history—no pressure.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...