Email still works to share files, and Apple wants us to believe that AirDrop on Macs, iPhones, and iPads is the way of the future. But even Apple admits the future might be in Bluetooth Low Energy devices. That’s what this app uses instead of Wi-Fi to copy files from Mac to iPhone.
New Macs, New iPhones, New iPods, Oh My!
The problem with using AirDrop to send files from a Mac to an iPhone is that both need to be newer devices for the technology to work.
So it is with Scribe, an inexpensive but elegant Mac and iPhone app which uses Bluetooth Low Energy to connect and share files instead of Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi is so 1999, right?
Scribes makes it easier to send files from your Mac to iPhone, too. Not only does Wi-Fi not need to be on, Scribe keeps a history of what was copied and to whom.
Select a text snippet, a webpage URL, a file, even photos, and use the keyboard shortcut to transfer the item from your Mac to your iPhone.
What could be easier?
As it turns out, easy isn’t the only issue at play here. You’ll need a newer model Mac and iPhone (no more than a couple of years old, and running Bluetooth 4.0) to make the connection.
And, Scribe needs to be on both Mac and iPhone. While the Mac app is just a few dollars, the iPhone version of Scribe is free.
Scribe requires OS X Mavericks on the Mac and iOS 7 for the iPhone (and iPad). Since requirements for Scribe are similar to those for AirDrop, which is easier or better to use?
Scribe, when it works, is a bit easier because it requires fewer steps. AirDrop, when it works, is available on more devices and is built-in to iOS and OS X. As is often the case with cool new toys, I’ve had issues with both, especially connecting from a 2012 MacBook Pro running OS X Mavericks.
Your mileage may vary, but when it works, it works well.