Apple Releases First Developer Preview Of Mac OS X Lion With New AirDrop Feature – Will It Come To iOS?

BY Jason

Published 24 Feb 2011

iOS 4.3

As rumored, Apple launched new MacBook Pros earlier today with Sandy Bridge Quad core processors with Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0, a hybrid Thunderbolt/mini Display port, FaceTime camera and more.

Apple also surprised us by releasing the first developer preview version of Mac OS X Lion today, which was first demoed last October.

Mac OS X Lion includes features inspired by iOS on the iPad like multitouch gestures, App Store, App home screens with iOS 4 folders, full screen apps, auto save, apps resume when launched.

The first developer preview version also includes some new features such as a new version of Mail, Versions, AirDrop, all new FileVault and Mac OS X Lion server.

Out of the new features, AirDrop seems to be quite interesting. Here’s the description of the new AirDrop feature:

With AirDrop in Mac OS X Lion, you can send files to anyone around you — wirelessly. AirDrop doesn’t require setup or special settings. Just click the AirDrop icon in the Finder sidebar, and your Mac automatically discovers other people nearby who are using AirDrop. You’ll even see contact photos for those who are already in your Address Book. To share a file, simply drag it to someone’s name. Once accepted, the file transfers directly to the person’s Downloads folder. When you’re done with AirDrop, close the Finder and your Mac is no longer visible to others.

Apple had recently released wireless features in iOS 4.2AirPrint and AirPlay, so AirDrop seems to be part of Apple’s wireless features.

AirPrint is the wireless printing feature. It automatically finds printers on the local network and allows users to print to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software.

AirPlay allows users to stream audio and video content from any iOS-based device to the new Apple TV. AirPlay is currently limited to only some of the pre-installed apps but iOS 4.3 will allow users to stream audio and video content from any iOS app.

AirDrop sounds like a cool feature. We hope that Apple brings AirDrop to iOS devices in the next version of iOS – iOS 5, as it would be a lot more useful in case of mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

What do you think about Mac OS X Lion and the new AirDrop feature? Please share your views in the comments section below.

[via Apple]