AirDrop File Sharing: The Most Persistant iOS Rumor Has Returned

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In 2011, Apple introduced AirDrop for OS X Lion, a feature that makes sharing a file between two Macs as easy as dragging and dropping it. Two and a half years later, we're still waiting to see it on iOS. Could we finally get peer-to-peer iPhone and iPad sharing in iOS 7?

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A report today from 9to5Mac indicates that Apple may finally be ready to keep up with the Androids, and is currently testing AirDrop for possible inclusion in next week's WWDC presentation. Which is good! 9to5Mac also ominously states, though, that Apple could well decide to scrap the feature, which is very not so good.

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Peer-to-peer sharing isn't just a place where Apple is falling behind Android; it's an area that Apple could leapfrog its competition in. Not only does it have a huge user base to pull from, it doesn't have to deal with manufacturers like Samsung elbowing in and fragmenting its features. It would, hopefully, just work.

We'll find out either way for sure in a week. But if Apple's not ready to give its mobile products AirDrop now, after all this time, one wonders if it'll ever get around to it.

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geekymitch
geekymitch

We already have it...dropbox, box, or any of a thousand other aftermarket options. While I'd love to see it included natively in iOS, it's not as if this is something that's been horribly absent from my iphone/ipad life. At this point, unless they've got some killer feature and/or a ridiculous amount of storage for cheap, I can't really see myself jumping to ANOTHER file sharing platform. I already have 5 GB of dropbox, and 50 on box.net - do I really need more at this point?

What do people think, is there something that apple can plug into this thing that will wow you enough to swap out your current file sharing solution?