Do you own an iPhone or iPad?  Isn’t it just infuriating sometimes that you need an Internet connection to get files off the device!  It has taken a while, but there is an emerging market for flash drives which are able to assist you in this battle.

The i-FlashDrive by PhotoFas is already available on the market, but Hyper has just announced their entry with iStick.

The iStick has gained the pole position by being the world’s first USB flash drive for iOS, which comes with an integrated Apple lightning connector. Currently the iStick is only available as a Kickstarter pre-order. The Kickstarter project has already surpassed the goal of US$100,000.

The iStick will be available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.  The flash drive will allow a range of different abilities for the iOS user. The device can be used for backing up photos, videos, and files on the fly, thereby allowing you to free up space without having to connect to your computer. A great feature of the iStick is you have the ability to stream movies and music directly from the iStick to their iPad, even if it’s a file type that is non-native to iOS. At this time Hyper claims the device will support MP3, MP4, M4V, MPV, MOV, MPG, MKV, AVI, WMV, RMVB, FLV, 3GP, and GIF file types.

iStick

Features and specifications:

Free universal iPhone/iPad/iPod touch iOS app

Music & Movie Player (able to decode MKV, RMVB, AVI, WMV etc.)

1080p HD movie streaming, direct playback from iStick

Photo & Document (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, PDF, iWork) Viewer

Open files directly on the iStick without the need to copy to iDevice

Copy/Move files between iDevice and iStick

File Management (Copy/Cut/Paste/Delete/Rename/Create Folder)

Backup photos/videos from iDevice Camera Roll to iStick

Support “Open In” functionality Open files from other apps in iStick app

Open files from iStick in other apps

iDevice Contacts backup and restore

Product Specifications Capacity:

8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB

Connectors: Standard USB 2.0 and Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Connector iStick-to-USB Speed: 12MB/s (Read), 7.5MB/s (Write)

iStick-to-iDevice Speed: 2.5MB/s (Read), 1.9MB/s (Write)

Construction: ABS Plastic and/or Aluminum

Dimensions: 51.6 x 28.6 x 9.1mm

Weight: 10g

Supported File Formats:

Video .mp4, .m4v, .mpv, .mov, .mpg, .mkv, .avi, .wmv, .rmvb, .flv, .3gp, .gif

Audio .wav, .aac, .aif, .aiff, .caf, .m4a, .mp3

Images .jpg, .tiff, .gif

Documents .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics

Compatibility

iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad Air, iPod touch (5th Generation)

So there you have it folks.  Extra storage for your iOS device.  What are you waiting for?  Head over to Kickstarter and check it out.

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SOURCE: http://www.tuaw.com/2014/05/12/hyper-announces-istick-the-first-ios-flash-drive-with-a-built-i/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000595