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I am trying to copy a photo that I just took with my 1st gen iPad mini (with iOS 8.2) onto my late 2011 MacBookPro (with 10.10.2) and I can't seem to use Airdrop. Is this a restriction of the OS or the hardware and is there any way to overcome it?

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No. iOS 8 will Airdrop to and receive from a Yosemite Mac. It is more likely that your iPad (Or Mac) is not compatible with the feature. If your iPad is older then a 4th gen, I think, it won't work.

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    Just as a side note, I've encountered a bug in which supported devices aren't discoverable. I just logged off my apple ID on the device(s) and logged back in to get it working. – kevin9794 Mar 11 '15 at 2:42
  • Interesting. I suppose I haven't used it enough to give thought to that. I have noticed it across iOS devices though. – bassplayer7 Mar 11 '15 at 18:41
  • It seems that it is a restriction on the MacBook, because the iPad works with the iPhone 5. – agusgambina Mar 15 '15 at 1:36

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