Apple has introduced its MAC-based AirDrop file sharing system with the iOS 7, but disappointingly users with older handsets- iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S- will not be given access to this feature.
AirDrop is Apple’s new file sharing feature which allows you to share media, docs and other files, wirelessly between Apple devices, for instance an iPhone and your MacBook Pro.
AirDrop is Apple’s response to NFC technology and it is designed to be quick and simple and allows quick media transfer between Apple devices. Including a feature like AirDrop in the iOS is yet another evidence of Apple’s desire to bring together iOS and OSX platforms.
It’s confirmed that AirDrop is not supported on the iPhone 4 and 4S. But the question on everyone’s mind is why did Apple do this? We did some digging to get some answers and nothing very conclusive was found. We tried contacting Apple’s UK PR but they also have not replied so far.
After calling Apple’s Technical Support line, the only answer we could get from them was that “Airdrop is not supported on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.” It seems like no one except Apple knows the reason behind this. Not even their technical support staff. The person on the other side of the line also added,” But you can upgrade to the iPhone 5S or 5C which supports the AirDrop feature.”
There has been no official statement from Apple yet. Probably this is some kind of marketing strategy to increase the sales of the newly launched devices.