Thinking about buying an Ipad....why do I/don't I need a USB port???

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  1. Smudge

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    Hello,

    I am considering buying an Ipad. I am debating as to whether or not I should wait for the 2nd generation ipad or make a move now. I have read where one of the complaints with Ipads is that they do not have a USB port. I have very little experience with the ipad. What does not having a USB port limit me to not being able to do with the ipad? Is this an important missing feature of the ipad? What can I do through itunes or other ways that will accomplish what having a USB port will do? Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. peled

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    every one knows what you can do with a USB port on a Computer.
    Question is what it is going to do on the iPAD.
    Take a Camera. You would think that the most trivial thing would be to connect it to the iPAD "USB" port , activate some program, and copy all pictures to some directory.
    BUT.
    Look at how Apple is treating pictures today. You can hardly copy them the way you copy ePUB books or PDF files.
    You have to sync it through the iTune or other dedicated programs.

    So, what I am saying is, that USB on iPAD-2 Doesn't mean much unless you know what kind of support, they intend to give us.

    Would you be able to connect a Memory stick there ?
    Would you be able to put there some special USB protection device for special Top secret database ?
    Would it support devises other then Camera ?
    Would you be able to connect a printer ( What about drivers ?)

    For using USB devices properly, you need a "file system" and "driver system"- There is none on the iPAD (For now)
     
  3. MachThree

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    I don't think the lack of a USB port and the (unlikely) possibility that it will be included in the iPad 2 are good reasons to wait for the iPad 2. There may certainly be good reasons to wait for the iPad 2, I just don't think that this is one of them.

    In theory, a USB port would allow you to connect an external storage device (like a USB thumb drive or an external hard drive), different input devices (keyboards, trackballs, mice), cameras, etc. External storage would probably be the biggest potential use of a USB port for most people.

    But chances are, even if apple includes a real USB port in the iPad 2, they'll limit what you can do with it and they won't support any sort of external storage devices.

    If you look at the current iPad, it has bluetooth, which could, in theory, be used with many different types of peripherals. But Apple has limited it to basically two - keyboards and headphones/speakers. I think if they put a USB port in the iPad 2, they'll similarly limit it.
     
  4. Superbike81

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    The iPad already has a USB port (via the camera connection kit), but it can only be utilized if you jailbreak the iPad. Granted, it can be used a limited amount without jailbreaking, but not nearly as versatile as a computer.
     
  5. SweetPoison

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    If I put my flash drive into the camera connection kit/USB, can I open the files on it, on the iPad?
     
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    If your iPad is jailbroken, and you have the right apps to interface with it, yes.
     
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    Oh. Well I am not JB, and I doubt I have the apps. I always find out a little bit more info on that camera connection kit ~ every time, I decide more and more not to get one!
     
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    I can guarantee you the iPad 2g will not have a standard USB port. It has no place on the device anyway. What would it be used for? Mouse? It's a touchscreen. Keyboard? Bluetooth. USB headphones and mic? They work with the cam connection kit. Printer? I do that over wifi. Hard drives? Why? It's a portable and extremely remote/cloud friendly device! I cant fill half it's internal memory...what do I need a hard drive sticking out of it for. Oh and if you really have the need for one you can jailbreak and use the camera connection kit.

    So many people complain about the lack of standard USB....but I just can't understand why. It also doesn't have a DVD drive....no floppy either.
     
  9. ipadded

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    Why the need for a proper (non-limited) USB port? You mention and deny the need for exteral storage. I need that storage. Not all the time, but as a place for archiving. I am an artist (photos and video). I am quite capable of using up 64gb and more in one photo shoot. I've done it before many times. Many of us had hoped the ipad would be more than a glorified toy. We wanted a device that could do all that our desk/laptops could do, but with much greater ease and intuitive actions. There are plenty of very good and valid reasons for the inclusion of non-limited ports on any high end device, if you're wlling to consider all the various things for which such devices can be used. I and many others do not want to be required to have a variety of different computing devices because some can or are intentonally limited to only a few things. It may help sell products and boost the economy, but it makes the things we do far more complicated, difficult and unpleasant. These devices were all (from the Apple II and other first generation microcomputers onward) were supposed to make our lives easier and more productive, not less so.
     
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    I guess the question is what do you do through a USB port that you would want to do through the iPad? Since the USB is a Universal Serial Bus, the devices/uses for a standard computer with USB ports can be quite broad. However, there are so many apps available for the iPad that can do such a wide range of things, the iPad is becoming somewhat universal in its own right.

    The only practical limit I can see is the lack of connecting a USB flash drive to it and using it for external storage. This can be accomplished through jailbreaking, but I personally wouldn't go through the trouble. For me to work around this I use external cloud storage services like DrobBox or Box.net which sync all the files I have stored on their services to my iPad, iPhone, and PC. If I need to quickly access a file, a picture for example on my iPad but the picture is on my PC, I can just drag the picture to my DropBox folder and the picture will be automatically downloaded to my iPad once I enter the DropBox app.

    I have the iPad connection kit with includes a USB port, but I hardly use it. In fact, the only time I've used it was to test out what would work if I plugged different USB devices into it. I haven't used it since, nor do I see myself needing to in the future.
     

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