Rumor Mill: Apple's iOS 7 adding AirDrop wireless file sharing


Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) forthcoming iOS 7 overhaul will integrate AirDrop wireless file-sharing features available in the company's Mac OS X desktop platform, 9to5Mac reports.

AirDrop, first launched in 2011 and available across devices running OS X Lion and later, enables users to share files between supported Wi-Fi-enabled Macs without connecting through the local Wi-Fi network. Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, 9to5Mac states that baking AirDrop into iOS 7 will allow consumers to transfer photos, documents and other content from one iOS device to another owned by a friend or colleague; Apple's complementary iCloud storage system only supports file sharing between iOS devices owned by the same individual. Apple is also reportedly mulling support for AirDrop sharing between the iOS and Mac platforms.

9to5Mac notes Apple previously explored incorporating AirDrop into iOS 6, which rolled out last year in conjunction with the iPhone 5--the report adds that because Apple has delayed the feature before, it could do so again. Apple has not responded to a request for comment.

Apple will officially unveil iOS 7 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins June 10. Sources say the revamped operating system will abandon the mismatched, texture-heavy design of previous iterations in favor of a more unified user interface that is "black, white and flat all over." Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the company's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive is spearheading the effort to remake the iOS UI but declined to divulge any specific changes coming in iOS 7: Asked whether it is a big update, Cook said "I think I will let you be the judge."

Last month, 9to5Mac reported iOS 7 also will integrate third-party social networking services including Flickr and Vimeo, mirroring efforts to build Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter into previous versions.

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