Will Apple Pick This File-Sharing Tool for iOS 7?
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly testing versions of iOS 7 that will include AirDrop, a WiFi-direct file sharing tool that will allow for files to be shared easily between different iOS devices.
The new operating system is set to be unveiled at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 10. While the iCloud makes it easy to share files between multiple Apple devices owned by a single person, AirDrop will allow for easy sharing between any Apple devices, so you can easily share files from your iPad to a friend’s iPhone. AirDrop will be able to share files between iOS devices and potentially between Mac and iOS as well.
AirDrop was first introduced in Mac computers with iOS X Lion. AirDrop allows Mac users to share files easily without the need for a WiFi network or a storage device.
It is worth noting, however, that Apple has scrapped adding AirDrop late in software development in the past. It is very simple for Apple to remove any one aspect of the new operating system before it comes out. It was reported that Apple would be adding AirDrop to its newest iOS devices last year, but the program was cut last minute. Since the feature has been postponed before, some believe it could easily happen again.
Apple’s Jony Ive is reportedly running the design team for the new iOS operating system. Other changes will include a completely new design with a ‘flatter’ look than previous iOS versions. It has been rumored that the new design will also feature increased social network integration, including support for IAC (NASDAQ:IACI) owned Vimeo and Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) owned Flickr, but the consensus seems to be that we can’t know what iOS 7 will look like until the unveiling.
The potential addition of AirDrop will give iOS an edge over Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system. Android has included peer-to-peer file sharing before, but the tool can be confusing and cause fragmentation. Apple’s AirDrop will function seamlessly between all Apple devices.