iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will not get AirDrop

News Richard Goodwin 16:33, 19 Sep 2013

Apple’s legacy iPhones – the iPhone 4 and 4S – will not get AirDrop-support inside iOS 7, Apple has confirmed

As predicted, Apple has confirmed its Mac-based AirDrop file sharing system inside iOS 7, however, users with older handsets – the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S – will not get access to the feature. 

AirDrop, in case you’re unaware, is a means of sharing files – docs, music, images – wirelessly between Apple devices, say your iPhone and your MacBook Pro. 

AirDrop is designed to be quick and simple, allowing for the quick dissemination of media between devices within Apple’s ecosystem.

AirDrop’s inclusion inside iOS is yet another example of Apple’s desire to bring together its mobile (iOS) and desktop (OS X) platforms. 

So AirDrop isn’t supported on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. We know that. But now the question is why? In order to get some answers we decided to do some digging. Our first port of call was Apple’s UK PR – but so far we’ve heard nothing back (although that could change – we are, until the end, eternal optimists here at KYM). 

Next we tried Apple’s Technical Support line, and to begin with it looked like we were going to get some answers. The lovely chap on the end of the phone went away for a few minutes, we listened to Ellie Goulding, and then he returned with the following answer: “AirDrop isn’t supported on the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S” 

When asked why this was the case, whether it ia a technical issue or something, the Apple Technical Support worker replied, “no, it’s just not supported. But you can upgrade to the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C, which go on sale tomorrow.” 

And that, as they say, is that. 

We’ll update with more information as soon as we know more. 

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