The new iPadOS supports USB sticks and external hard drives

The new iPadOS supports USB sticks and external hard drives
Apple's enhancements to its venerable iPad family of tablets didn't end up with the brand new iPadOS that introduces plenty of features that aid multitasking, moving the iPad one step closer to being an actually decent laptop replacement.

Tucked withing the new iPadOS is one small feature, one giant leap for Apple users that they have been clamoring for since, well, forever. When your iPad Air 2 and above gets updated to the new iPadOS, it will unlock the USB thumb drive reading achievement.

That's right, plug in an external hard drive, USB stick, a memory card, you name it, with the respective adapter, and the iPad will be able to list it in the new file manager as an extra source of memory capacity adding to the iPad's internal memory. 


We all know how much a step up in storage costs for the iPad, so you can add more on the cheap, straight from the comfort of your keychain, if needed. In addition, the iPad will now be able to read files and photos directly from your professional camera's storage for quick editing on the go, neat.

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13 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Finally! Thanks Apple.

2. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Apple re-invented the wheel again.

3. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

Storage, not memory. Storage, not memory. Storage, not memory. Storage, not memory. Storage, not memory. Storage, not memory. Storage, not memory. Storage, not memory. Storage, not memory. Storage, not memory.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's the same thing; the only difference is the speed and the way the OS handles it.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Memory would normally refer to RAM, not storage, so not the same thing.

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Everything is "memory".

4. KingSam

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I recently started editing video with Lumafusion. This is nice. Importing assets nlw has to be done through the cloud which is a pain. I hope iOS handles raw files better too.

5. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

apple is too greedy so their innovation is like introducing 20 years ago technology as their new features.

6. Jrod99

Posts: 729; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Hmmm? Watch video from flash drive? I have a iXpand but it’s kinda glitchy.

7. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

OMG... So iPad didn't have this feature for so many years.

11. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android tablets has this for many years but how many people using it? Same with iOS features. Android has all the features and yet few only gets it. Now apple will have iOS 13 and billions of iOS devices will have it.

12. middlehead

Posts: 457; Member since: May 12, 2014

There are far more Android devices in the world than ios. Stop drinking the kool-aid.

13. geordie8t1

Posts: 299; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

I know Loads of people that use the basic usb otg features on non IOS devices, I also use it on my tablet ALL the time, super handy and such a simple feature, you know the old saying goes, Its better to have and not need, then not have and need it...... its a simple line of code to restrict to port, hardly breaking the bank, just apple holding those basic features back otherwise they would run out of ideas when updating their product refreshes while using the same recycled products

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