Now that I have the new MacBook Air I thought it would be nice to test out the new Air Drop feature built in to OS X Lion. This feature allows users who are on the same wireless network to easily share files back and forth over their computers. To test it out I took a screen shot on my Air and then placed it into the Air Drop folder. I then opened up Finder on my iMac to grab the file. Sounds easy enough right? The only problem is there’s no Air Drop folder on my iMac anywhere. After some quick searching it turns out that not every machine is capable of running Air Drop – even though it may be running OS X Lion.
Only the following Apple computers are able to take advantage of the Air Drop feature:
- MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)
- iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)
I find it odd that Apple is selling Air Drop as one of the key features built into Lion yet the feature only works on a select group of machines – even though they are all able to install and run the operating system. It seems the problem is hardware related and stems from the use of different Air Ports in the different machines. Nonetheless I guess I’m not going to be giving up Drop Box as my method for getting files from one machine to another any time soon.