Is someone like me enthusiastic about AirDrop

AirDrop: A technology from 2011 is my highlight of 2020

For me, 2020 was a year of conversion and testing. For you - but of course also for myself - I went on a search once. A new notebook was needed. And as a long-time Mac user, I wanted to try out what's out there besides macOS. This resulted in some articles that might also be of interest to you:

And I'm particularly happy about that: A few of my esteemed colleagues got infected by my thirst for adventure (or vice versa) and experimented with unusual computer concepts for their part:

After all these trips, I've now returned to a MacBook. Grudgingly at first, but now quite enthusiastic about the new Apple M1 chips with ARM processors. It could be the beginning of something big and it could soon spill over into the PC world.

Transferring data is part of taking photos

And all of the preoccupation with the different ecosystems has shown me that I feel in best hands with Apple. In the meantime, I've also returned to an iPhone for this reason, the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This thing will even replace my system camera in the foreseeable future. For the areas in which I take photos, that's enough for me and I even enjoy it more.

Speaking of which: photography has become my favorite hobby in recent years. Hardly a day goes by without taking my smartphone out of my pocket and capturing some motif that I like. It mainly revolves around street photography, vacation photos and product photos for tests on the trend blog. I then usually transfer the pictures from the iPhone to the Mac, edit them there and upload them here, to my private blog or a messenger.

And here is a simple technique that you wouldn't want to do without: AirDrop. You select the picture on the iPhone and with one click it is transferred to the Mac. The familiar notification tone that runs in the background confirms that the whole thing is going well.

And it works very quickly: The other day I transferred an almost 1 GB video from the iPhone in this way. It wasn't that long at all, only about 2 minutes. But I accidentally recorded it in Dolby Vision in 4K and the highest frame rate (60 fps). Yep, that's how big the files are.

AirDrop can't really do that much more. It can transfer files from one Apple device to another. So also from a Mac to an iPad or from your iPhone to that of a friend. In addition to photos and videos, there are of course also documents and audio files. And that's basically it: simple, but reliable. And not even without pitfalls: woe, you press the "Done" button too early. It appears before AirDrop has transferred the selected file.

To this day no universal transmission standard

Sometimes it's just the little things. And that's why I am so amazed that there is still no such thing as a universal AirDrop. A hit in the Apple universe, but even from my old Samsung smartphone I couldn't transfer files directly to the Mac or to a Windows machine. To Ubuntu? Officially yes, but at first with some teething problems and then creeping slowly. From iPhone to Ubuntu, Chrome OS or Windows? Also not go directly.

There are comparable solutions from Huawei and Samsung, but they also only work in the manufacturers' own ecosystem. So you should happen to have a Huawei smartphone and also a Huawei notebook.

Some well-known Chinese smartphone manufacturers such as OnePlus, Oppo and Meizu have formed their own peer-to-peer alliance. The service already works between devices from different manufacturers. That is commendable, but the users of other systems are left out for the time being.

Even Google didn't get a serious competitor to AirDrop ready until autumn 2020. Nearby Share allows data to be transferred from Android smartphones to Android smartphones. I tried this out when I tested the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G and sent pictures to the Galaxy S10.

But it was confirmed what I had almost feared: Nearby Share was again a bit more cumbersome than AirDrop. Although both smartphones were running on my account, I first had to approve the transfer on the second. After that, Nearby Share simply turned itself off. In order to transfer more pictures a little later, I first had to reactivate the service in the settings. That's a few steps more than with AirDrop.

And this is my conclusion (yes, yes, the word is also used in the plural) for 2020: Sometimes the simplest things are the best. And: In the end, you end up with the ecosystem that you like best. Everything else is just optimism of purpose, but don't make yourselves happy. With this in mind: Thank you for this exciting journey in 2020! And now I go out and take some nice photos with the iPhone.

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