Good news from the guys over at Appletell. This article written by Charles Moore introduces a new iPad connector with a USB port. This is one thing that will help a lot of people wanting to quickly transfer information or files to and from their ipads. I cannot believe it took so long but here it is.
Probably the most frequent gripe about the iPad—and to a lesser but still substantial extent about the iPhone and iPod touch—is the lack of connectivity for data transfers and printing. No USB port(s). No Ethernet. No media card slots. You can’t use pocket USB flash drives. Indeed, a survey of 3,000 iPad 1 owners I happened across last summer found that number one on their missing feature request list was a real USB port (48%), followed by Flash support (44%), and an optical drive (42%). For some of us, wireless just doesn’t cut it.
Well, PhotoFast’s new i-FlashDrive can’t help with the iOS’s lack of Adobe Flash video support, but it does provide a convenient workaround for at least one aspect of the no USB port issue. It claims to be the only two-way storage device on the market for making file transfers between iOS and Mac/PC. Ergo, it’s a compact flash memory drive with a USB port on one end and an Apple 30-pin iDevice connector on the other. The i-FlashDrive comes in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions, and there is also a free, complimentary software app that facilitates and coordinates file archiving and backup, management, and viewing, and also includes a text editor and voice recorder.
- Free download App for file management
- Automatic prompt when connect to iDevices
- Works with iPad, iPhone4 and iPod touch Gen4
- All new models of iDevices are supported by the accessory
- Also works as normal FlashDrive
- You can use this accessory without iDevices
- Compatible on both Mac & PC
- Works on all popular desktop OSes, including Mac, Windows and Linux
The i-FlashDrive is made for iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPad 2, and iPad, and requires iOS 4.2 and Mac OS X, Windows XP or Windows 7.
Pre-orders are currently being taken. The basic unit of 8GB for approximately $98USD. The 16GB model will set you back approximately $119USD, and the 32GB model will retail for approximately $192. This seems excessive but I bet they sell well.