airdrop icon AirDrop on iPhone 5?

The Broadcom BCM4330 is currently the chip of choice for connectivity on the iPhone 4S, but the upcoming iPhone 5 will have the BCM4334—dual band Wi-Fi card (2.4/5 GHz).  It’s interesting to note that many Apple devices with dual band Wi-Fi cards are AirDrop capable.  If that’s the case then the new iPhone may be the first iOS device to have AirDrop capability.

airdrop icon AirDrop on iPhone 5?

The Broadcom BCM4330 is currently the chip of choice for connectivity on the iPhone 4S, but the upcoming iPhone 5 will have the BCM4334—dual band Wi-Fi card (2.4/5 GHz).  It’s interesting to note that many Apple devices with dual band Wi-Fi cards are AirDrop capable.  If that’s the case then the new iPhone may be the first iOS device to have AirDrop capability. 

“The Broadcom BCM4334 single-chip dual-band combo chip provides a complete wireless connectivity system with ultra-low power consumption for mass market smartphone devices. Using advanced design techniques and 40nm process technology to reduce active and idle power, the BCM4334 is designed to address the needs of highly mobile devices that require minimal power consumption and compact size while delivering dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity.” -broadcom.com

AirDrop is Apple’s file sharing protocol that doesn’t need of a Wi-Fi network, configuration, and/or USB storage device.  For those that have used AirDrop on your OSX Lion PCs, then chances are you find the interface very easy to use.  If Apple enables this option in the next iPhone, then there may be no need to ever plug your iPhone into your computer for mp3’s or other files again.