Introducing NameDrop a Cool New Apple Watch Feature

Introducing NameDrop a Cool New Apple Watch Feature

Apple Watch Unveils NameDrop: The Latest in Connectivity Features

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Between the brand-new Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2, it’s safe to say that Apple Watch fans will be well fed by the company this year. As I was watching the event online, I noticed a theme for the software updates the company is bringing to the Apple Watch. This year, Apple seems to be championing connectivity, including features designed to let you better connect with your health, better connect with your other Apple devices, and even better connect with folks around you. One of those new features is called NameDrop.

Introducing NameDrop: Sharing Contacts Made Effortless

NameDrop is a new way for Apple Watch users to share contact information, with a simple and subtle movement of the wrist. Just like AirDrop allows you to quickly share files or send photos, NameDrop revolutionizes the way you exchange contact details. No more typing phone numbers or awkwardly handing over your phone to someone just so they can put their number into your contacts.

During the event, Apple demonstrated NameDrop by showing two people wearing Apple Watches placing their watches near each other to seamlessly swap contact info. This impressive functionality is made possible by the brand-new S9 chip, a powerhouse that elevates the Apple Watch experience.

Looking Forward: NameDrop Availability

Although NameDrop was announced as part of WatchOS 10, the fine print of Apple’s breakdown reveals that NameDrop will be coming to Apple Watch “later this year.” So, while Watch users may have to exercise a bit of patience, it’s still a good idea to update your watch to WatchOS 10 so that you’re well-prepared for the arrival of NameDrop.

NameDrop for All iPhone Users

If you’re an iPhone user and eager to join in on the NameDrop action, you’re in luck. Apple’s iOS 17, set to be released on September 18, will feature NameDrop capabilities. This means that iPhone users running iOS 17 will be able to use NameDrop to swiftly swap contacts with other iPhone users running the same operating system. And once NameDrop becomes available on the Apple Watch, users of both devices will enjoy seamless contact sharing.

NameDrop on iPhone Screenshot by James Martin/CNET

How NameDrop Works

Although Apple hasn’t provided many details, they mentioned that NameDrop is a “new AirDrop experience” where users can hold their iPhone near another to securely share their contact information with only their intended recipient. Apple also announced that users will have full control over the information they choose to share using NameDrop, ensuring privacy and personal choice.

For Apple Watch users, NameDrop will be accessible by tapping the My Card watch face complication and then bringing their Apple Watch face to face with someone else’s Apple Watch. As we receive more updates on NameDrop, we will keep you informed.

Overall, the introduction of NameDrop underscores Apple’s commitment to enhancing connectivity and user experience across its ecosystem. Whether you’re sharing contacts with a fellow Apple Watch user or seamlessly transferring information between iPhones, NameDrop promises to simplify and streamline the way we connect with others. Keep an eye out for the upcoming release of NameDrop, as it joins the exciting lineup of features and improvements in the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.