If you have a supported iPhone or iPad, then you can benefit from iOS 7 AirDrop but not to Mac at this time. The new feature is great to send videos, pictures, links and other files between devices but being able to use iOS 7 AirDrop to Mac and vice versa would be even better.
We have had a couple of emails from Product Reviews readers asking about this feature after spending hours trying to get it to work. One email stated, “I have spent the last 2 hours trying to get iOS 7 AirDrop to work with my MacBook Air or iMac, and the computers just won’t see my iPad mini or iPhone with iOS 7. It looks like they are not compatible”.
It is true that you cannot use iOS 7 AirDrop to send anything to Mac, and the same can be said for trying to send files the other way as well. Apple obviously didn’t make this fact clear enough, which is evident when you visit related forums revealing a large number of posts asking if it is possible to AirDrop files between an iPhone or iPad with a Mac.
One commenter said, “Is it possible to use iOS 7 AirDrop to send to Mac?” The simple answer is “not yet”, although there is growing demand to see this ability added to OS X Mavericks. This might be conjecture, but it’s hoped that if enough people shout for the feature Apple will notice a need for Mac and iOS 7 AirDrop compatibility.
Would you like to see OS X 10.9 Mavericks launch with better AirDrop support between Mac and iOS 7? This would make life a lot easier for simple tasks between your mobile devices and desktop, so we also hope the ability is seen as a necessity by Apple. Leave a comment with your desire for this feature and any others in the upcoming Mac update.
If you want to see how to share files with iOS 7 AirDrop, then take a look at our earlier article that features a number of videos performing a hands-on with this feature on both an iPhone and iPad.