There are hundreds of ways to transfer data on or off your iOS device, but most of them require the cloud or iTunes. Wouldn’t it be nice to plug in a flash drive into your iPhone and easily offload the gigs of photos cluttering your handset? A new Kickstarter is offering a product that does just that by combining a USB drive with a Lightning connector.
The drive promises to make file transfer on or off an iOS device easy: use the lightning connector on your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone, and then use the USB side on a desktop computer. Simple. Of course, just plugging in flash storage into iOS doesn’t do anything, so there’s a required free file manager app for moving content between devices. Unfortunately, the iStick only supports the USB 2.0 standard, so you won’t be getting the super-speedy file transfers promised by USB 3.0 ports with this accessory.
While there were a number of USB flash drives that incorporated Apple’s previous 30-pin connector,the new Lightning connector is proprietary, and knockoff products often suddenly stop working. So it’s important that iStick has Apple’s official Made-For-iPhone blessing to use its proprietary connector.
The iStick comes in several colors that match the iPhone, including gold, and they should ship in late August. Backing for $65 will get you one 8GB iStick, which actually seems like a bargain compared to the (delusional) $129 suggested retail price listed on the Kickstarter for when the product is generally available. If you’d like a little more storage space, sizing options run up to 128GB.