Apple plans to bring AirDrop file-sharing to iOS -- report

The same feature is currently available in OS X and allows users to quickly share files between two Macs.

Apple's AirDrop on OS X.
Apple's AirDrop on OS X. Apple

Apple's AirDrop tool, which allows OS X users to share files between computers quickly and efficiently, is on its way to the company's mobile platform, a new report claims.

Apple is currently in the process of testing AirDrop on iOS 7, 9to5Mac is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. According to the site's sources, AirDrop is currently embedded in the iOS share menu. It's possible that it could allow for sharing to Macs, though right now, it's focused on sharing between iOS devices.

Apple is expected to show off iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week. Rumors abound about the operating system's new features, though so far, Apple has remained tight-lipped on its plans. Among the improvements being bandied about is a new design concept by Apple design guru Jonathan Ive that centers on removing its "real world" graphics and making it simpler and more streamlined. There's also talk of improved in-car integration in key applications, like Maps and Siri.

Whether AirDrop will actually make it into iOS 7 is unknown at this point, according to 9to5Mac's sources. Apple has tried to bring it to iOS in the past, the sources say, but has backed out at the last moment.

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