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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. wgm214's Avatar
      wgm214 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Exactly! Camera kit + iFile is all that has been necessary for quite a while now.
      Does this (camera kit + ifile) work only with iPad? afaik u cannot use the camera connection kit with iphone at all This product seems like it'd fill that need for iphone users i guess
    1. Striknine's Avatar
      Striknine -
      I thought the USB flash drives stopped being recognized after a firmware update that lowered the voltage. Does it still work? I would like to use one to store documents on while on business trips. I have a lot of .PDF files that I don't necessarily want to keep on my iPad 2 when I don't need them.
    1. Cellular's Avatar
      Cellular -
      Y not just buy a regular flash drive?
      It's kinda stupid to basically carry around an iPod or iPad sized USB drive...but some how I know millions are going to buy it which brings a new meaning to itard...
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Camera kit + iFile in a jb ipad2... Now can connect pretty much anything.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      I remember a few weeks back when apple sued Samsung over a tablet case that a 3rd party vendor made., now Im looking at this device and it looks exactly like my USB adaptor for my Galaxy Tab 10.1--I wonder if Sammy will sue apple the way apple sued Sammy?
    1. atorres062's Avatar
      atorres062 -
      I've been wanting something like this forever BUT for that $$$$$$... FORGET IT!
    1. rojocrandall's Avatar
      rojocrandall -
      For $0, you can partition a flash drive on your iPad (or iPhone) with Cydia app USB Drive (source: apt.dmytro.me)
      I added a 4G drive to my iPhone and never need an extra flash.
    1. Maxime Caudebec's Avatar
      Maxime Caudebec -
      For half that price you could get a USB 3.0 flash drive 32GB... And at least you'll be sure that the drivers will be compatible with older operating systems.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Quote Originally Posted by sTrAnGe mOdS View Post
      Yeah.. An 8gb one for $100 isn't even worth mentioning.. I could get a 16gb regular flash drive for about $40 at Walmart!
      Are you kidding me! $40 for 16gb is ridiculous these days! I could get a 16gig drive from NewEgg for around 10 bucks!
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      id consider $35 or $50...(assuming i had an ipad)
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      I remember a few weeks back when apple sued Samsung over a tablet case that a 3rd party vendor made., now Im looking at this device and it looks exactly like my USB adaptor for my Galaxy Tab 10.1--I wonder if Sammy will sue apple the way apple sued Sammy?
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Wow anybody paying $100 dollars for 8gb flash drive is plain stupid
    1. DC_Dave's Avatar
      DC_Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by rojocrandall View Post
      For $0, you can partition a flash drive on your iPad (or iPhone) with Cydia app USB Drive (source: apt.dmytro.me)
      I added a 4G drive to my iPhone and never need an extra flash.
      PwnTunes is good as a "flash drive" and works on iOS5 too