Now, almost a month after that discovery, Apple has launched its first official adapter to support those faster transfer speeds. It’s a brand new Lightning to SD Card Reader, but it looks the same as the previous version. In fact, it even has the same price and name. The only thing that’s changed is the support for USB 3.0 transfer speeds — probably the most important addition the card reader could get, anyway.
The SD Card Reader’s functionality has remained the same, too. Owners can use the reader, connected to their iPad Pro, to insert an SD memory card and transfer photos or videos from that card to the tablet. Considering the iPad Pro doesn’t have an SD card reader built in, the adapter is a necessary accessory for those that need/want to transfer photos from their memory card directly to the tablet without having to worry about the cloud or wireless transfers.
As it should, Apple notes on the new SD Card Reader’s page that the faster transfer speeds are only supported on the iPad Pro, as the other iPad models, including the brand new iPad mini 4, don’t support USB 3.0.
“The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader supports standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW, along with SD and HD video formats, including H.264 and MPEG-4. It supports data transfer at up to USB 3 speeds on iPad Pro, and up to USB 2 speeds on all other iPad and iPhone models.*”
For those in the market for one of these new accessories, keep an eye on the model number of each. The model number that supports the iPad Pro’s USB 3.0 transfer speeds is: MJYT2AM/A.
A link to the adapter is available below for those that want to check it out. It retails for $29.00.
- Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader — $29.00
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