A buzzing video shows a trick to instantly transfer an image between an iPhone and a Mac or iPad, without going through AirDrop. A simple gesture on the screen of each device is enough, giving this function the air of a magic trick.
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Certain functions of our computers and smartphones can sometimes look like magic, and it’s just this kind of sleight of hand that’s all the rage right now. A video shared by on TikTok by a former employee Apple shows its surprise by discovering a way to instantly send images between its various devices of the brand.
Simply display the image in question on your iPhone and pinch with three fingers. On your Mac, do the reverse gesture (spread three fingers apart) in a text editor like Notes, Messages, or email, and you’re done. It works both in reverse as well as with a iPad. Of course, there are a few conditions that must be met beforehand. Electronics (Mac, iPhoneiPad) must be logged in with the same iCloud account, and you must activate Bluetooth and the Wi-Fias well as the Handoff function on the source and destination devices.
A function that has gone largely unnoticed for three years
This magic trick relies on the universal clipboard, a feature added in 2019. Its use for transferring text was well known, but given the buzz it created, it seems most users were unaware that it was possible to use it with images. The three-finger gestures simply correspond to the copy and paste functions.
For Macs without a touchscreen, it seems to be possible to paste the image with the three-finger gesture on the touchpad, but not to copy it. It will therefore suffice to use the shortcut ” keyboard Command and C”, or to go through the “Edit” menu. The trick is not limited to texts and images, and can also transfer files.
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