Lion letdown 6: AirDrop
Lion has a nifty new feature called AirDrop that automatically detects other Lion-based Macs on your Wi-Fi network so that you can share files without the hassle of setting up network connections. It's truly zero configuration. Simply select AirDrop in a Finder window's Sidebar and all AirDrop-connected systems appear. Click a Mac to receive the files, and if the Mac's owner allows it, you can share those files.
But AirDrop doesn't work on most Macs; it's essentially limited to those that shipped in 2010 and later. (If you don't see AirDrop in the Sidebar, that means your Mac doesn't support it.) The issue is the Wi-Fi chip; some support automatic ad hoc networks, and some don't. The same is true for Windows PCs and access points that use Microsoft's Windows Zero Configuration protocol for auto-connections via Wi-Fi. I would hope that Apple would do better than Microsoft, perhaps by using the local network connection as well. AirDrop will be a nice feature -- in about five years, when all our Macs support it.
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