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iFlashDrive – 2 way storage for iOS and PC/Mac devices

on October 11, 2011 10:00 am

From the same company that created the HyperDrive, comes the iFlashDrive. This is a 2-way USB flashdrive that can has a 30 pin connector that can plug into iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. On the other end is a standard male USB connector that allows you to plug it into a PC or Mac. A special app (free) on the iOS side will give you the ability to store, view and manage files. The iFlashDrive is an easy way to transfer files to and from the iOS device without using iTunes or WiFi. There’s also a built in music player, text editor and contact backup feature. The iFlashDrive is available in three different capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB for $99, $149.95 and $199.95.

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  1. 1
    Mikey Pizano says:

    Why can’t apple just add USB host to the iPhone? This is a joke to me. I would never pay 200 bucks for a 32GB flash drive when you can get one at Walmart for 60!

  2. 2
    Jackie Cheng says:

    I “might” buy it if it was at least 64GB for $200. But of course I still don’t understand why iphones can’t just allow micro sd cards. grrrr

  3. 3
    jhon says:

    Jackie:

    Size. It’s pretty tightly packed in there. And they keep wanting them thinner.

  4. 4
    Ian says:

    Is tis a way for a no Mac guy totransfer MP3s and MS Outlook files onto an iphone?

  5. 5
    Mikey Pizano says:

    Jhon, the Android phones that are similar size can have Micro SD card slots. They could also use micro USB to charge technically.

  6. 6
    jhon says:

    Mickey:

    Have you opened up an iphone or Ipod? Is there room for the CARD? Yes… but the controller? and the additional power requirements? And the additional hit to performance one would experience?

    Gotta remember — the ideals behind the Iphone/Ipod are Steve Jobs. You’ve got another slot in the device… You’ve got a charger that doesn’t allow for a cradle… it get kludgy.

    Don’t get me wrong — I’d LOVE to have an micro sd card… I just understand why there’s not.

  7. 7
    Mikey Pizano says:

    Personally I think they could make it work. I have a Sansa Fuze which is a lot smaller device and that has a slot. My mom uses a Clip+ which is even smaller and that has a slot. Trust me. They COULD make it work.

  8. 8
    jhon says:

    Mikey — they could make it work, but would it have a dock? Would it be as streamlined? Would it have passed “Jobs'” vision?

  9. 9
    Mikey Pizano says:

    Yes, Jhon, I bet you they could make a dock VERY easy since it has been done before. Most don’t look nice but there also cheap and not designed for looks first.

  10. 10

    I don’t think hardware is the reason the iOS devices don’t have card slots — I think it has to do with the user experience. Removable storage introduces a whole new set of UI needs, but even more to the point, it adds the possibility of data being modified (and messed up) in ways the hidden iOS filesystem is meant to prevent. They can’t even hide it under the battery to prevent you from ejecting it at the wrong time, like a lot of Android devices do.

    (As an aside, the Newton handled removable cards very elegantly, with OS-level support for splitting app data across multiple storage areas on an item-by-item basis. But it did so by not having a traditional file system at all, and formatting cards to be unreadable by any other OS…)

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    Uli says:

    There’s an alternative – and a very interesting one: I recently bought me a Seagate GoFlex Media HD for “just” 170 swiss francs.
    What do you get? 500 GB of storage on a very portable HD, with built-in 5 hr battery AND a WiFi server … just switch on the HD, activate yor WiFi and you’re ready to go (via a free app for iPad and iPhone) and have books, movies, files – streamed to your device.
    For circumstances where streaming is not an option (on a plane f.ex.) you’re free to download any file limited just by the memory capacity on your iDevice, the download choice is provided by the accompanying app as well.

    In a nutshell – why spend 200 for just 32 gig?

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    jhon says:

    “In a nutshell – why spend 200 for just 32 gig?”

    Size would be one response — but I couldn’t justify THAT much for 32GB…

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