With the introduction of iOS7 you’re able to easily exchange files between multiple iOS devices using a feature called AirDrop. This is something that OSX was able of doing for a while now, so now it is time for AirDrop on iOS to shine. It works just fine and nicely implements into iOS, but it comes with a very limited functionality. The biggest drawback is that you can’t use it to send files to your Mac, which is something that most users were really excited about. If you know Apple well enough, than you could’ve assumed that this functionality will be rolled out gradually, step by step. This is the main reason why some developers tried to offer their own solutions for transferring files between iOS and OSX, and we’re just about to take a look at one of those.
DeskConnect is a new app created to offer easy file access and transfer between your Mac and any iOS device (there’s no iPad version, but for now you can use its 2X mode). It is completely free to download and use, and you’ll need to sign-up for a free account in order to use it. There’s no limit on how many files you can send, and the only limit is that one file can be up to 100MB in size. There’s also another hidden limit, and it comes as a timeout limit on uploads, so you might not even be able to upload those 100MB files if your internet connection isn’t fast enough.
The first step is to download DeskConnect to your OSX and iOS. On your phone this will be a regular app, while on your Mac it will exist as a menu bar application. This is the point where I need to be clear on how this service actually works, because you’ll find a lot of info that says that this app can replace AirDrop. This is not an Ad-hoc service, and it uses internet connection to exchange files, and that’s the main difference. This is basically an enhanced cloud solution, which comes with some iOS-friendly additions. This way you can send contact numbers from your Mac to your iPhone, so your phone can start a call automatically. This is the main reason why this isn’t a typical cloud storage solution.
If you’ve ever used any cloud storage to sync files, than you already know how DeskConnect works. No matter if you share files from iOS or OSX, they will stay in the cloud up to 30 days and they’ll be deleted eventually.
DeskConnect is trying to combine AirDrop functionality with some kind of cloud sync solution, which will leave most people confused, and that’s why you can read a lot of negative reviews around the web. That’s why it’s going to be very hard for this app to find its place, since is doesn’t offer anything that new or innovative. For example, if you’re already using a cloud sync solution like Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Google Drive, I don’t see a big and valid reason why someone would switch to DeskConnect. Sure, there are those small iOS-friendly features that we explained, but these are not something that will make this product more appealing.