Apple releases Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader for the iPad Pro's USB 3.0 port

Apple releases Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader for the iPad Pro's USB 3.0 port
Now available in the online Apple Store is the first accessory available for the USB 3.0 port on the Apple iPad Pro. The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader will allow you to transfer photos and videos directly from your digital camera at USB 3 speeds, to the iPad Pro. On other Apple iPad models, and on the Apple iPhone, the Camera Reader will allow such data to transfer at USB 2 speeds.

USB 3.0 can reach a signaling rate of 5Gbps, ten times faster than USB 2.0. Faster data transfers are welcomed by iPad Pro users, which means that you can expect many to shell out the $29 for the accessory. The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader supports images using JPEG and RAW. It also works with SD and HD video formats.

Once the microSD card from your camera is inserted into the card reader, the Photo app on your iPhone or iPad is opened automatically. Photos are divided up into Moments, Collections and Years. You can store all of your full resolution pictures and video in iCloud, and limit who gets to see these images or videos with iCloud Photo Sharing.

Apple added the USB 3.0 port to its 12.9-inch slate somewhat uncharacteristically, considering that Cuprtino has favored the use of its proprietary connectors and ports. But for a project as important as the iPad Pro, Apple decided not to hold back anything pertaining to faster data transfers.


source: Apple via AppleInsider

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33 Comments

1. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

30$ lol , the usb 2.0 OTG cable i use with my tab and phone doesnt even cost a 1$ and the card reader which reads every possible card costs 2$ . if not there are micro usb card readers for 2-3$ . so 30$ for USB 3 okay

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Does yours work with the iPad Pro?

3. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

You do know that counts as a con for the iPad pro right? Propriety items are just one of Apples shady money making ways

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What's a con for you, isn't for everyone else.

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Yes, it's a con for everyone. Instead of just buying a $2 adapter from amazon, you have to buy a proprietary one from apple. And with that they claw your eyes out, charging exponentially more money. Then, when one of my friend's iPhone battery dies, and they ask me for my charger, I can't help them because I have micro USB. iMessage is also more proprietary crap, that completely messes up texting (especially group chats) for people on Android and Windows Phone. And who does this benefit? No one but Apple.

8. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah theguy234, +1

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can't use common sense with an idiot. They don't have the capacity for it. I mean look at the first post. He didn't even grasp the connection of costs of a cable that does the same thing and is cheaper.

7. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

There is certainly no advantage for the customers in the inclusion of a lightening port in the iPad Pro instead of a USB C type. I mean the new Macbook comes with one and its smaller than the iPad pro

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You never answered my question. Does yours work with the iPad Pro?

13. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Let me answer that for him : No it doesn't because it's Apple and they have to take extra money from you. Duh.

19. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Doesn't change the fact that it has a unnecessarily high profit margin.

27. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

it will if you buy usb 3 to micro usb adapter for another 30 bucks , if and when ever that comes out from apple

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He is just showing how it doesn't justify the costs for a similar cable. And OTG cable is the same thing. Its just a MicroUSB to whatever is on the other end. Most of those cables for a very good ones is not more than $15. So why pay $30 for a cable that brings the same type of capability? Who cares if his works with the iPad pro or not. That fact it only works on one device, should make it cost even less...not more.

4. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

This isn't a new thing about Apple's price-tagging policy. iPencil for a hundred bucks??? *LMAO*

33. Acer_Predator unregistered

yes and it will cost 100 bucks...

10. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

$ 29 for a card reader? what a joke. Why so cheap? they should price it at $ 79. They can easily make more money out of the sheep. Cmon' apple!

14. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

That's what I was thinking but I realize that it may not last more than a month so they will have to buy another one lol

11. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Think out the box!!! Buy it

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3048; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

From what I gathered from the article, this isn't a true SD card reader since it's only good for photos. Another half-assed endeavor from Apple.

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's the crapp|e strategy; sell you as many inferior hardware as you're dumb enough to buy. In this case, gotta buy a separate $1000 Mac to read the content a regular NTFS/Fat/exFat formatted SD card...they've been extremely spoiled by the ignorance of their iSheeps, they can't stop milking them.

15. dapsta

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Just buy a surface with one inbuilt. What's the point of a tablet when you have to start sticking stupid attachments to it. That's not convenient at all. How is it a power user device, with no ability to increase storage without attachments.

21. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Doesn't solve much because the Surface only has a micro-SD slot, no 'pro' would be using micro SD cards when full size ones are faster, larger and cheaper. Only the Vaio Canvas fits the usage.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

True, in which case, simply attach the full camera itself to the USB port and transfer to the faster internal SSD storage for editing...

16. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Wow.......... ... ..

17. guest

Posts: 365; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Wait when did it get a USB 3.0 connector? I thought it was lightening connector?

18. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Lightning can run USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 through the addition of a second set of pins on the cable. The iPad Pro is just the first for Apple's mobile devices to use 3.0.

20. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

So basically you need an adapter to use an adapter of SD cards.

22. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Since there is no SD card slot, then yes, you need a cable. You don't need a special adapter to use USB 3.0, just a USB 3.0 Lightning cable.

26. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Source? Last time I checked, the lightning port on the iPad Pro just gains USB 3.0 transfer speeds, it still can't power an external device like a full USB 3.0 port, not to talk of managing it's content... http://www.techtimes.com/articles/106787/20151114/ipad-pro-lightning-port-is-usb-3-0-compatible-apple-confirms.htm

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Given the size of the iPad Pro, why wouldn't they just put the card reader in the device? Now you have a cord hanging off your tablet when you want to transfer photos. I could understand if space was tight, but with the size of this thing there had to be room for a microSD card port.

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