iPhone 5S will feature AirDrop with iOS 7 instead of NFC
The iPhone 5S will feature AirDrop as part of iOS 7 instead of NFC for data transfers
The iPhone 5S may feature AirDrop as part of iOS 7 rather than the hardware-based NFC chip that has been rumored.
AirDrop allows file transfers over Wi-Fi rather than using the widely available NFC protocol available in many other smartphones.
AirDrop first appeared in Mac OS X Lion but was previously reserved for sharing files between Mac computers.
According to Mac Rumors, the function is already integrated in iPhones.
The website says, "Sources say that the AirDrop functionality is currently integrated into the standard iOS share menu. AirDrop will work between two iOS devices and potentially between an iOS device and a Mac."
This would mean you could share your files with other iPads, iPhones and iPods running iOS 7, but not other devices, such as Android-based smartphones and tablets or even devices running an older version of iOS.
Mac Rumors goes on to say, "While iCloud synchronization works well for sharing photos and documents between two iOS devices owned by the same person, the AirDrop feature will allow seamless individual file exchanges between iOS devices belonging to different people."
Apple has not mentioned that NFC will be added into any of its devices in the past, despite filing some patents for the technology and so it seems the manufacturer will continue to create devices with proprietary software and hardware as has been tradition.
We're expecting iOS 7 to launch alongside the iPhone 5S (or iPhone 6, depending on which is launched first), possibly at WWDC next week, although Apple is keeping tight-lipped on the launch.
You can follow all the WWDC action as it happens on The Full Signal from 10AM PST next Monday. Until then, check out what we think will launch next week.