AirDrop No Show
After my upgrade to Mac OSX Lion recently, I was personally most optimistic about the AirDrop feature. Its a great way to send and receive files across your home or office wi-fi network. I had been using DropCopy so far. And when I saw the neat interface on my 2011 MacBook Pro, I thought it would be dream to setup up and use across my home network with Meenal’s 2007 MacBook Pro. But no luck there… 🙁 AirDrop wasn’t the only reason to upgrade, but it sure was a big one. So I finish, the upgrade on the 2007 MBP, launch finder and I can’t see the AirDrop folder. Opened up Finder Preferences, and checked all my sidebar options… No AirDrop. Hope to find an answer at the Apple site… And all I find is all this great speil about it.
Ok! So its bloody fabulous, but still no luck with getting it to work on my old MacBook. And thats when I spot this article. that succinctly explains why AirDrop is not showing up.
So the gist of the whole story is that only the following Apple computers can run 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’m now left with an older machine that seems to have been cheated and a newer one that can’t do much with what its got. So it seems for all the pre-2008 models, it’ll have to stick with DropCopy, Evernote or Dropbox like apps for the time being.
- OS X Lion: AirDrop Overview (macstories.net)
- OS X Lion: The Joys Of Airdrop, The Perils Of Natural Scrolling (multiplayerblog.mtv.com)
- How to use AirDrop (tidb.wordpress.com)
- OS X Lion’s AirDrop feature only works with these Macs (thenextweb.com)