Mac/iOS: There’s been no shortage of apps of that seek to make the process of sending files, photos, clipboard contents and whatever else between iOS and Mac easier. Even Apple’s in on it with AirDrop. But one for the first apps to do it, DeskConnect, just got an update that brings in a bunch of modern features.
DeskConnect is built by the same folks behind the automation app, Workflow, but it hasn’t been updated in a long while. DeskConnect is a web service that can instantly move data between devices, like your iPhone to your Mac, or vice versa. Once you download the iOS app and the Mac app, you’ll sign up for an account and data will instantly sync up between the two. Unlike something like Dropbox, DeskConnect only keeps data around for 30 days and there’s a 100MB limit for files. This means it’s most useful to quickly send a file, link or clipboard contents between your devices. In my experience, the data’s sent over in real time and I didn’t have any hiccups with transfers. DeskConnect isn’t as powerful as an app like Pushbullet, but it’s more useful than AirDrop, so it sits somewhere between those two.
Unlike other options, DeskConnect doesn’t rely on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, so it will work on any model of phone or any model of Mac. This newly updated version brings along all the newish iOS features you’ve come to expect like share sheets, 3D touch support, multitasking support on iPad, a number of Workflow options, and more. It’s also free on both Mac and iOS, which makes it a pretty easy sell if you’re unsatisfied with AirDrop.