NameDrop Support for Apple Watch Found in watchOS 10 Beta 5

Apple's latest beta of watchOS 10 has added Apple Watch support for its forthcoming NameDrop feature, as spotted by avid code scrutinizer Aaronp613.

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NameDrop was Apple's headline new AirDrop feature in its ‌iOS 17‌ preview. Rather than type in the number of someone new to call or text them so that they have your number, NameDrop allows you to simply hold your ‌iPhone‌ near their ‌‌iPhone‌‌ to swap contact details.

Bringing the two devices together will automatically pop up a contact sharing interface, and tapping the popup shows a person's contact information and their Contact Poster, with options to "Receive Only" or share your own contact information in response.

NameDrop works between two iPhones running ‌‌iOS 17‌, and between an ‌‌iOS 17‌‌ ‌iPhone‌ and an Apple Watch running watchOS 10. As shown in action in the embedded video clip above, it also works between two Apple Watches via a new My Card sharing option in the Contacts app, or by tapping the My Card watch face complication.

Apple is expected to announce final details and launch dates for ‌iOS 17‌ and related operating system updates at its upcoming iPhone 15 event on September 12.

Related Roundups: watchOS 10, watchOS 9
Related Forum: Apple Programming

Top Rated Comments

klasma Avatar
7 weeks ago
The PalmPilot had this 25 years ago via infrared. They called it Beaming.
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Big Apple Tim Avatar
7 weeks ago
Oh great now then can scratch my Apple Watch screen with their phone. I'll stick to telling them my number.
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W£S Avatar
7 weeks ago
This is cool! Didn’t expect this..

Now I don’t have to take my phone out when I am interacting with someone
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Leon Ze Professional Avatar
7 weeks ago
Sounds like a logical extension to me!
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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
7 weeks ago
An interesting fact! Boop ?

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surfzen21 Avatar
7 weeks ago

This adds a new twist to “I got her phone number. How do you like them Apples?"
One of my all time favorite movies.

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