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  • iFlashDrive - Your iOS and Personal Computer Flash Drive

    It exists, you probably just haven't found it yet.

    We know that people have always been asking, "Is there a way to use a USB flash drive with an iPad?" It would simply make it a more viable tablet computer solution for many more people. Well, the answer is yes. The only prerequisite being that you need to buy a special USB flash drive and they aren't particularly cheap. It requires a 'special' USB flash drive because the iPad isn't made to support traditional USB ports. It's too thin to hold a USB port. Instead, the only solution for transferring data in a tethered fashion is by using the super slim thirty pin connector, which is on every iDevice.

    The iFlashDrive supports both Mac and PC and on the other side of the spectrum it supports iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It's a double-sided flash drive that lets you move data to and from one of your iDevices to another USB-capable device or iDevice. It works with your music, videos, photos, documents, contacts, and more. It requires that you download an application from the App Store to use it, but it's a pretty interesting way of transferring data from your computer to your iDevice and vice versa. Now sure, there are better ways to transfer data, such as using a sync cable and some third party software on your computer, but what ever are you going to do on someone else's computer that doesn't have that software installed on it, such as in class?

    Since iFlashDrive has been dubbed, "world’s only flash drive for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch" by the company HyperDrive, it doesn't come cheap. It comes in three flavors of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB - costing you $99.95, $149.95, and $199.95 respectively. Apart from the price, there are some more things that you might not like about it such as the fact that because of the design, it eats up so much space. If you plug it into the side of a MacBook Pro like the image above, you will have no room to put anything in your second USB port and no room to put anything in your SD card slot.

    Interestingly enough, MacWorld reports that you can use the iFlashDrive App to sync files to and from Dropbox. They also say that HyperDrive plans to add support for Evernote and Box.net to the iFlashDrive App sometime soon as well. This is a device that has a lot of potential, being a rather new device and a new breed of its kind. However, until they actually bring the price down or come up with a better design that doesn't render other ports on the MacBook Pro useless, I probably won't be snagging one. I'm pretty sure that many users would also prefer not to have to download an application to use their flash drive with their iDevice, but we know that because of Apple's strict standards, that might never happen.

    You can read more about iFlashDrive or purchase one from their Web site.

    What are your thoughts about the iFlashDrive and would you buy one? Share in the comments.

    Sources: MacWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iFlashDrive - Your iOS and Personal Computer Flash Drive started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Christ the price is insulting!

      Adding a 30pin connector does not justify a 10 fold increase in price.
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Christ the price is insulting!
      Indeed it is. $100 for an 8 gig flash drive. :P
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Christ the price is insulting!
      Thanks for the blasphemy.
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      You play apple, you pay apple...
    1. CMartins's Avatar
      CMartins -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Christ the price is insulting!
      What he said.

      Plus the design doesn't attract me. So much text covering the flash drive is one way I wouldn't go if I were to design such thing. If you are going to set such price at least come up with a design that matches Apple's.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      this might be feasible if the price was around $20-30. Anything more and the price does not justify the product. Honestly, this is a fairly useless "luxury" considering the other resources we have at our disposal.
    1. sTrAnGe mOdS's Avatar
      sTrAnGe mOdS -
      Yeah.. An 8gb one for $100 isn't even worth mentioning.. I could get a 16gb regular flash drive for about $40 at Walmart!
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Whats wrong with the $30 Apple Camera Kit?
      30 pin on one side & USB on the other.
      I use it to connect USB drives & my DSLR camera to my iPad.

      Attachment 563029

      EDIT: I checked out their site and they also sell external drives that require the Apple Camera Kit I use. http://www.hypershop.com/HyperDrive-...p/hdip-000.htm
      Guess I was doing it right all along!
    1. wilhelmhauff's Avatar
      wilhelmhauff -
      Soooooo slow by synchronizing data that you can go shopping in the meantime.
      Forget it.
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Whats wrong with the $30 Apple Camera Kit?
      I use it to connect USB drives & my DSLR camera to my iPad.

      Attachment 563029
      If it works with USB drives, then its perfect... didn't think it did... will have to look into it... thanks for the info.
    1. Runt's Avatar
      Runt -
      Neat... may have to look into one of these........................................ when they go on sale.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Whats wrong with the $30 Apple Camera Kit?
      30 pin on one side & USB on the other.
      I use it to connect USB drives & my DSLR camera to my iPad.

      Attachment 563029

      EDIT: I checked out their site and they also sell external drives that require the Apple Camera Kit I use. http://www.hypershop.com/HyperDrive-...p/hdip-000.htm
      Guess I was doing it right all along!
      Exactly! Camera kit + iFile is all that has been necessary for quite a while now.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Exactly! Camera kit + iFile is all that has been necessary for quite a while now.
      I am wondering why the author for an iDevice tech/news site was unaware of this long available option?
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      'If you plug it into the side of a MacBook Pro like the image above, you will have no room to put anything in your second USB port' Sounds like the MacBook Pro is badly designed if you can't fit in a fat flash drive

      Couldn't justify thoses prices
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      The price is way too high
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      You can buy a whole nother device instead with those prices! If they sell even one I will eat my shoe.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Lmao^^ I got myself a 1Tb external hdd for $80
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      Lmao^^ I got myself a 1Tb external hdd for $80
      Flash memory is getting pretty cheap. Just because it's made for an apple device doesn't mean you have to make it expensive.
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      For another $200 u could have bout u a 64gb iPad 2 (or close to it).
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Confirm that. I've been using a cheap flash drive and the camera kit for the past 2 years.