Apple reportedly testing AirDrop wireless transfers for iOS.

hardwaresoftware_heroAccording to 9to5Mac, Apple is again testing out the ability to wirelessly share files between iOS devices (and possibly Macs) via AirDrop on iOS.

AirDrop is already available for Macs, running OS X 10.7 (Lion) or higher, and allows users to easily share files between Macs without relying on Wi-Fi. Bringing AirDrop to iOS would likely provide this same functionality to iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch.

Enabling AirDrop on iOS would likely spell the doom for NFC-outfitted iDevices, instead opening the door for Apple to provide a more integrated solution for nearby wireless communication.  It would not be surprising to see Apple leverage its existing iTunes accounts, with over half a billion active accounts, to offer retailers an Apple solution for wireless payments. Overnight, over 100 million AirDrop-enabled iPhones could replace the need to carry several credit cards in your wallet.

If Apple plans to release AirDrop for iOS, we’ll likely see it announced and demonstrated alongside iOS 7 at WWDC 2013 in just a few short days. Stay tuned! We’ll be live-blogging the WWDC keynote!

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