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This article was published on June 3, 2019


Holy shit! iPads will now support USB drives

Holy shit! iPads will now support USB drives
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

There’s been a long-standing complaint that Apple’s ‘not a computer’ iPads don’t support USB drives. Today, at its developer conference WWDC, Apple announced that iPads will now support USB thumb drives with the new iPad OS.

The USB drive will show up directly into the files app, and you can directly import them into apps like Adobe Lightroom.

Thankfully, the iPads will also support zipping and unzipping folders so you don’t have to uncompress files on your Mac or PC and then plug in the thumb drive.

There’re no details on what’s the maximum size of a USB drive the iPadOS can handle, but we’ll update the post once we have the details.

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