The iPad Pro is Capable of Supporting USB 3.0 Transfer Speeds via its Lightning Connector

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  1. RaduTyrsina

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    According to a fresh report coming from CNET, it seems that Apple’s just-released tablet is capable of supporting USB 3.0 transfer speeds via its Lightning connector. The report basically confirms the findings from iFixit.

    Thus, this means the iPad Pro is the first and only mobile device that Apple makes to support USB 3.0 transfer speeds. Furthermore, this will make copying large 4K video files to the device much more easier.

    Support for the higher transfer speeds will require a new adapter that supports the added throughput. USB 3.0 is much faster than the USB 2.0, which is used in all existing Lightning cables and adapters. USB 2.0’s maximum theoretical speed is only 60MB per second, while USB 3.0 maxes out at 640MB per second.

    If you are looking to use the iPad Pro for editing large video files, then this is definitely some great news for you. At the moment we don't know when these new adapters will be unveiled or how much they will cost, but let's hope they won't be too expensive.

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  2. iJeffrey

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    Engadget is reporting the following speeds..

    The compatibility means the iPad Pro is capable of transferring files at speeds that reach 5Gbps, whereas a USB 2.0 connection can only reach a max speed of 480Mbps".
  3. Tejasmed

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    Speed maybe....but the Lightening to USB 3 Camera Adapter flat does not function as it is touted to be.
    You plug your 8 pin lightening plug from your IPAD PRO charger into your USB 3 Camera Adapter. then plug the 8 pin lightening plug off the adapter into the IPAD PRO. You can plug an SD card adapter into the USB with SD card and .jpg will recognize it and will transfer pics.
    Even with the added power, you cannot put a flash card usb into the slot and it be recognized.
    You cannot put a FAT USB portable mini hard drive into the USB slot, it will not be recognized. Interesting too, is that if you use a plain un powered USB to 8 pin lightening plug, only an SD card will be recognized. Even will not work if you have a separate special cable to add power to supply the USB flash or the external mini drive.
    Then when using the USB 3 camera adapter, it will not transfer photos unless you have the power connected (plugged into) the USB 3 camera adapter.

    So far, there is absolutely no way to communicate both ways and write back to the SD card.
    In the instructions, it clearly states that it is supposed to work for picture transfer with mass storage class devices. Wrong.
    I am hoping to obtain a new musical device that allows control through IPAD app through USB. They have proven the success with earlier models of the IPAD, especially the 30 pin connector type.
    Positive tests with IPAD PRO are yet to be confirmed.
    So far, the IPAD PRO has been a huge disappointment . Apple greed on controlling and the forced use of the Cloud is a huge affront to users. The Cloud is not the way to go... it cannot be trusted...and there are too many of us that still wish to keep our private files on local drives. I detest having to use WIFI for transfer of files. Very cumbersome.
    Would like to hear if anyone else can get the USB 3 connector to function as it is touted to be able to with an IPAD PRO.... Or am I going to have to find me an older (and smaller) IPAD with a 30 pin to be able to use the APPLE app that is required for my needs?. .
  4. scifan57

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    There isn't supposed to be a way to use the USB C camera connector to transfer data to an SD card. It was never designed for that it's designed to transfer photos and videos TO the iPad, not the other way around. Also, it was never designed to connect any type of mass storage medium to the IPad Pro, such as an external hard drive. The adaptor you're so critical of is working exactly as Apple designed it to.

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