Originally Posted by Wiggin
That would be a silly requirement, don't you think? To have to have separate iCloud accounts. I have both an iPhone and and iPad. One person, one iCloud account. It would kind of defeat the purpose of iCloud to have separate accounts on my two devices. And just as silly to not be able to use AirDrop to transfer files between my two devices.
I definitely see your point. Note that I don't know if it _is_ in fact a requirement to transfer between _different_ iCloud accounts. I was just taking a stab at a possible cause of the issue, based on the fact that being logged into an iCloud account is a requirement for using AirDrop on iOS at all.
I haven't yet tested trying to transfer between two devices using the same iCloud account. I can see it being a silly requirement to have the devices on separate iCloud accounts, from the perspective of a single person transferring files between two of their own devices. But I can also see how iCloud is moving more and more towards invisible syncing of content between all devices anyway, so it could be that Apple would rather focus on that approach rather than having to share files with yourself in the first place. There are already plenty of 3rd party and 1st party apps that use iCloud to sync their files between all devices automatically, so a near future where that sort of synchronization is essentially ubiquitous isn't necessarily outside the realm of possibility.
In the auto-syncing scenario, all your apps and all your files would immediately exist on all devices anyway, removing the need to ever share them with yourself.