Macs and iOS devices have lots of features which people know very little about, not because they aren’t useful but because people rarely think about looking for them or finding out what their importance is. One of the features of iOS devices that have been around for a while but haven’t really gained the popularity they deserve is airdrop. This is an application which allows for peer to peer file transfers wirelessly, and without the fuss that comes with processes such as sending the file as a text or email. The best thing about airdrop is that in addition to the regular photos, you can transfer a wide range of other types of files, including document files and more. Here is what you need to know about airdrop and the potential the technology holds in the future of cloud computing.

How airdrop works

You need to have switched on a Bluetooth connection for the Airdrop technology to function properly. The Bluetooth connection creates a WIFI like connection between the two devices where the transfer will be taking place. When the application is switched on, it automatically detects all the devices around it, as long as they also have their feature switched on. When the devices are close enough to one another, it becomes extremely simple to establish the WIFI connection which leads to easy and reliable file transfer. The benefit which comes with the creation of a WIFI connection is that regular Bluetooth is quite slow in file transfer speed, but when you use Airdrop, you are assured of the possibility to send and receive all file sizes with ease.

Devices that currently support Airdrop

Since Airdrop is relatively new, there are some Apple devices which aren’t supported yet. However, it is currently supported by the current iPad and going back all the way to the iPad 4 and iPad Mini. In addition to the iPads, it works on all iPhones all the way back to the iPhone 5 and the iPod Touch. All Macs that were released after 2010 are also fully supported by Airdrop. As long as you have a recent iOS device, you are assured that it will be supported by Airdrop and that file transfer will be fast and reliable.

The possibility of expanding Airdrop use in cloud computing

There are lots of possibilities that surround the use of Airdrop technology in cloud computing. As mentioned, the application is different from others like Bluetooth because of its ability to transfer large file sizes. It is also faster and more reliable. One of the issues which have been dogging the world of cloud computing is that even though the process of uploading data up into the cloud is simple and seamless, sharing files hasn’t become as fast or as reliable and at times, it slows down the pace of work in the office setup. Airdrop has the potential to be expanded into a system with a larger capacity to locate nearby devices and form stronger WIFI connections even with devices that are at a long range. The result will be extreme efficiency in cloud computing.


Another awesome quality that comes with Airdrop is that unlike the other peer to peer files transfer applications such as Bluetooth and other little known about alternatives like Xender, you can easily send large files of any nature using this tool. It is versatile enough to allow you to send everything from the simple PNG image to the complicated web page which has a combination of images and text.

There is a lot that will improve cloud computing in the future. Some of the basic improvements which are expected to be implemented in the near future include ease of file transfer, possibility of sending large documents and efficiency of the sending process. If Airdrop is given a few tweaks, it could become the face of cloud computing both for personal use and business transactions.