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The Best iPhone and iPad Flash Drives With Lightning Connectors

We’ve seen a lot of new companies that sell iPhone and iPad flash drives since the first USB thumb drives with Lightning connectors were launched last year. You can connect a flash drive directly to your iPhone or iPad to avoid running out of space on your device and store your photos, video and other media on the external thumb drive.

You have to consider some things before purchasing a Lightning drive, however. Some flash drive designs are better than others and will let you use your iDevice without getting in the way too much, some require you to charge a battery inside them and some have companion apps for streaming and managing the content on your iPhone or iPad that is easy to use and well designed, while others offer poorly designed apps. Also, the cost of these thumb drives varies depending on the features offered.

So without further ado, here are the best iPhone and iPad flash drives with Lightning connectors.

iKlips

Flash Drives With Lightning Connectors

- USB 3.0 and Lightning connectors

– Comes in Gold, Red, Gray and Silver

– You can stream music/video directly from the device

– It has an iOS companion app

– Supports Mac, PC and iOS

– Covers to protect the connectors when you’re not using it

– Automatically backups the camera roll

– 128 GB for $209, 64GB for $125, 32GB for $69 and 16GB for $55

The device is still a project on Indiegogo and if other devices on the list don’t satisfy your needs, iKlips wants to be a serious competitor for other flash drives by building its thumb drive with a USB 3.0 connector that will allow transfer speeds of 140MB/s for reading and 20MB/s for writing. Other drives on our list only come with a USB 2.0 connector besides the Lightning one. The prices written above are 30 percent less than the final one and are only available for preorders.

Hyper iStick

Flash Drives With Lightning Connectors

- USB 2.0 and Lightning connectors

– Comes in White, Black and Silver

– You can stream music/video directly from the device

– It has an iOS companion app

– Supports Mac, PC and iOS

– It has retractable connectors

– Automatically backups the camera roll

– 128 GB for $349, 64GB for $195, 32GB for $139, 16GB for $99 and 8GB for $79

The Hyper iStick was the first flash drive with a Lightning connector to come on the market after it raised more than $1 million last year on Kickstarter. It’s a very pricey thumb drive but it has a better design than most and it isn’t as intrusive as the SanDisk one. Depending on which connector you use, USB or Lightning, the other one retracts automatically inside the body of the drive. However, the app isn’t all that well designed and the price will probably force you to consider other drives such as our favorite, the Leef iBridge.

SanDisk iXpand

Flash Drives With Lightning Connectors

- USB 2.0 and Lightning connectors

– You can stream music/video directly from the device

– It has an iOS companion app

– Supports Mac, PC and iOS

– Covers to protect the connectors when you’re not using it

– It features password protected files

– You need to recharge the drive

– Automatically backups the camera roll

– 128 GB for $149, 64GB for $99, 32GB for $75 and 16GB for $59

The companion app for the SanDisk drive is one of the best we’ve seen and the prices for the thumb drives are some of the best. However, the flash drive from SanDisk requires you to charge its battery and its design is a little awkward as when you attach it to your iPhone or iPad it will be very uncomfortable to hold.

Leef iBridge

Flash Drives With Lightning Connectors

- USB 2.0 and Lightning connectors

– You can stream music/video directly from the device

– It has an iOS companion app

– It’s built using aluminum, silicon and plastic

– Supports Mac, PC and iOS

– Covers to protect the connectors when you’re not using it

– You need to recharge the drive

– Automatically backups the camera roll

– You can take photos directly on the drive

– It comes in black

– 256 GB for $399, 128 GB for $199, 64GB for $119, 32GB for $79 and 16GB for $59

The Leef iBridge is our favorite thumb drive on the list in terms of design because it will stay out of your way if you want to use your device when it’s connected to the drive. A similar design was attempted by SanDisk but iBridge used it best. The great companion app, the 256GB model, its pricing and design makes the Leef iBridge our favorite flash drive with Lightning connector on the list.

Aizbo i-Flash Drive featuring micro SD

Flash Drives With Lightning Connectors

- USB 2.0 and Lightning connectors

– You can stream music/video directly from the device

– It has an iOS companion app

– Supports Mac, PC and iOS

– Covers to protect the connectors when you’re not using it

– Requires a micro SD card to work.

The advantage of this flash drive is that it can be used with cheap micro SD cards.

So there you have it. This was our brief overview over the best iPhone and iPad flash drives with Lightning connectors.

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What To Expect From The iPhone 6s?

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It has only been a few months since Apple released the iPhone6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and there have already started the rumours about how the next iPhone generation is going to be like. Most likely, Apple will continue its trend set in 2014, and will release the 2015 iPhone in two different sizes, one smaller(regular size) and one bigger. Which only raises a big question: What to expect from the iPhone 6s?

For now, it is not obvious what the name of the 2015 iPhones will sound like, but it could be possible that Apple will remain to its long running “S” naming method(which has started in 2009), meaning the iPhones that will be released in 2015, could be named the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. But this is just an assumption, as no one knows for sure. Who knows, maybe this will be the year Apple will release a new name format.

When it comes to specific details regarding the future generation of iPhone, the information is yet poor, but taking into consideration that this is the year of releasing an “S” and when thinking about the fact the new design of the iPhone came with the iPhone 6; it is more likely that Apple will focus more on the internal and hardware development rather than its exterior aspect.

However, the next iPhone may come with a slight change. There has been rumoured that Apple might add a new colour option to the phones prepared for 2015, and that color is pink.

Past versions of “S” iPhones, have came up with upgrades, which included features like Siri, new processors, Touch ID, and improved cameras. By analyzing these past updates, there is space to assume that the 2015 iPhones, will at the very least come with a brand new more powerful A9 processor, created by Samsung that would improve the entire performance of the device, along with a somehow improved camera.

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Another thing that has been rumored, was that the iPhone 6s could come with Apple’s biggest camera development ever. It might be possible that Apple will create a two lens system, that will allow its iPhone camera to offer DSLR quality pictures, but there have been voices denying the rumor that Apple plans to launch a two lens system, and instead will remain faithful to its 8 mega pixel sensor, which was used for the previous iPhones.

Something else that might be happening, at least we hope to see it happen, is adding more RAM to the phones, if we look at the recently launched iPad Air 2 which came with 2GB of RAM from the previous 1 GB. Before the launch of iPhone 6, many thought that it will have 2GB of RAM, but to their disappointment that didn’t happen, and now the hopes have been put into the iPhone 6s.

The two upcoming devices will keep to offer features that are part of the iPhone, like Touch ID support, 802.11ac Wi-Fi capacities, NFC for Apple Pay, and LTE Advanced. The Touch ID could also come with new improvements. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, states that the iPhone 6s will own an upgraded version of Touch ID system, with minimized reading errors, that are meant to strengthen the Apple Pay experience.

Initial rumors have hinted that the iPhone 6 would have a potential sapphire display, but that did not happen due to production problems, but there already have been some clues, hinting that Apple will use sapphire a sapphire display for its next generation of phones, which will be produced by Foxconn.

What has also been talked about, is the fact that the iPhone 6s might have incorporated the Force Touch feature, which came first with the Apple Watch, and was created for the device to make the difference between a light tap and a harder tap, permitting new gestures.

It seems that slowly, Apple is adding Force Touch to its devices, and most recently, the company has released a 12 inch Retina MacBook and also an updated 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro, and both of them have trackpads with Force Tourch.

When it comes to the size of the future iPhones, an Asian supply chain, and also an analyst, have predicted that the phones might be featuring a new design in 2015, together with a new and bigger screen of 4.7 and 5.5 inches.What might happened is Apple will remove the iPhone 5c in 2015 and will continue to offer the iPhone 5S of 4 inches, together with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

In January, a report has claimed that the 4 inch iPhone rumors were false, as there was no evidence of a new 4 inch phone in Apple’s chain supply.
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