5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 13, 2013 9:58 AM by socencounter Branched to a new discussion.
spacefrogs Level 1 Level 1

why isnt working airdrop for iphone 4s. same wifi cihips

iPhone 4S, iOS 6.0.1
  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7

    Per the iOS7 release, it is not a feature that the iPhone 4 or 4S will be getting.

    Only Apple can state why and they are extremely unlikely to do so.

  • spacefrogs Level 1 Level 1

    OK i understand this.. 3gs and iphone 4 old phone.. and not working all features.. i understand this.. but 4s still powerful phone and same hardware ipad minii.. same wifi chips and cpu and gpu.. why air droo ipad mini is in and isnt iphone 4s? i dont understand.. very disapointed.. i dont sell my phhone.. i dont buy iphone 5 because is aluminium.. very weak and easy broken or scratch.. but i loved iphone 4s.. and i think iphone 4s hardware working ios 7 full features. i am very angr apple this reason.. 3gs users and iphone 4 users understand this.. but i dont like it...

  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9

    nobody here would know the reason why it's not included on the iPhone 4 as we don't work for apple therefore we aren't privy to that information.  get over it and move on.

  • xtremecarbon Level 4 Level 4

    Apple sold the iPod touch 4th generation as new on their website ~2 weeks ago (replaced by 5th generation 16GB model). It won't be getting iOS 7.


    Apple sold the 3rd generation iPad for 8 months before replacing it with the 4th gen model. It won't be getting AirDrop even though the device isn't that old, and is slightly more powerful than the iPad Mini.


    TL;DR: Apple is a business, and it will add and drop features to devices and software as it wants. Your point is moot, and I'm not sure what any of us can do about your opinions regarding this feature. If you're really that angry over this (lack of) feature, I think there's a bigger problem at hand.

  • socencounter Level 1 Level 1

    Actually you are wrong. iPhone 5 the 5th gen iPod touch and the likes

    have a new WIFI chip which supports 802.11a in addition to 802.11 b/g/n (which is supported by older devices too). iPhone 4/4S lack this 802.11a dual band WIFI Direct which together with Bluetooth 4.0 is what makes airdrop a reality!

    The new WIFI chip does this by quickly switching back and forth between the WIFI network your are on and creating a peer to peer 5Ghz WIFI connection. Interestingly, Bluetooth 4.0 is absent on even iPhone 4 and lower devices. It's role in airdrop is to find and connect to a peer iPhone as this latest version of Bluetooth doesn't require pairing. Note that while Bluetooth assists this way the actual data transfer is done on WIFI!


    So I would say it ain't apple fault although there are ways to implement airdrop on 802.11n as well!