This ‘iStick’ USB flash drive has a built-in Lightning connector

By , May 13, 2014

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Folks looking for a way to move media and other data between their iOS devices and computers locally may want to check out the iStick. The newly-announced device may look like an ordinary USB flash drive, but it features a built-in Lightning connector.

The creators of the iStick, Hyper, say it’s the first of its kind, and the whole purpose behind it is to provide users with a way to quickly and safely move data between their computers, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches without the need for iTunes or the Internet…

The iStick itself measures 51.6 x 28.6 x 9.1mm, and is made up of either ABS plastic and aluminum, or all aluminum, depending on which model you choose. And it’s offered in various colors and storage capacities, including 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

Unfortunately, the USB side is only 2.0, so you’ll have to put up with slower read and write speeds. But the good news is that the Lightning connector has been Apple MFi-Certified, so compatibility shouldn’t be an issue (works with all Lightning-enabled devices).

And the hardware is just one half of the story. The iStick also comes with a free companion app that supports 1080p HD streaming and a number of media file types. It also features ‘Open In’ functionality, and a Viewer for looking at Office, PDF and iWork files.

As you’ve probably figured out by now, the iStick isn’t available for purchase yet. It’s currently on Kickstarter, where it’s already doubled its goal of $100,000 with 35 days left in the project. If you want one, a pledge of $65 or more gets you on the pre-order list.

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  • BoardDWorld

    I wish people would let go of the past. 2.0? And pricing?

    • http://www.ideaprison.com/ ideaprison

      Amen brother!

    • Daniela Margarete

      :LET IT GO LET IT GO

      • Victor Molina

        I’m thinking “frozen” ?

      • Daniela Margarete

        yeah :D

  • ::/DeltaStylez::

    Would be great. If you can put apps on it. Especially if you have an 8GB iPhone model

    • ghetto McKee

      Too bad its not possible on iOS :/

  • mahe

    The transfer rate is more than poor …
    Come on … 2.5 MB/s read?! 1.9 MB/s write…
    This would feel like in the 90’s …

  • Litchy

    I’ll pass… but thanks for trying^^

  • Shingo

    $129 256GB I will buy 1000 of them…

    • Lucas Gondim

      USB 2.0? Not really good…

  • Mohammed

    Muh…thanks
    I am more than happy with my 170$ 1TB Patriot Wireless mobile drive

  • Brian Voll

    $129 for 8gb isn’t worth replacing Dropbox or Google Drive.
    It is pretty cool, but iOS still has limitations. You can open up a Word doc in Pages or Word, but you can’t save the file back onto the drive for further work on a pc.

  • ic0dex

    The concept is great and I see where they’re going with this but USB 2.0… Come on!!!! I feel like they’re doing this just to make a buck using cheap parts and then later come out with a USB 3.0 once they generate enough cash.

    This basically acts as a (Micro) SD card slot for the iOS and I can recommend this to a lot of my customer that have the 8 or the 16 Gb iOS devices.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    I’d rather see an adaptor to plug any USB device or harddrive into an iOS something like Apples Camera Connection kit if it still exists…

    • jake kneller

      You actually can buy those adapters for around 40 bucks there sold any where apple accessories are sold

  • Tom

    129 $ for 8 gigs? No thanks.

  • Daniela Margarete

    lol frozen :DDD love it!!

  • Eqwan Syafiq

    Heres an idea. How about it can be also used as lightning cable when connect to pc.

  • Hyr3m

    So you always have either the USB plug or the lightning connector exposed… Lifetime : less than a year for someone carrying this in a purse or less than 6 months if you put it in your jeans’ pockets.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      It’s capitalism, and sadly it’s working.

  • Vince Reedy

    Too big, too ugly, and Apple may end up squashing that anyway.

  • James

    we already have this in taiwan…

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      product info?

    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      It doesnt have a lightning base only with old gen connector.

      • James

        Well… The new one does include an apple 30 pin to lightning connector within the package …

  • Byron C Mayes

    Cannot use if your phone’s in a case, apparently.

    Next.

  • Gucciipad

    No Ty my 3tb cloud I have at home is cheaper plus. I can upload pics. Back up apps from an app I don’t need to carry around extra things. Watch movies. Ect. From my iphone and iPad. Wirelessly.

    • blastingbigairs

      I’ve always wanted a cloud service that would allow me to watch my movie collection from wherever I am via LTE or WiFi. What are you using exactly? I’m using Plex now, but it only works when I am at home connected to my own network, I can’t figure out the remote network access part of Plex. Please share what you are using, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I’m using XBMC from Cydia and am using the Plex extension. It requires a very specific Plex extension and you’ll also need a flex tweak to keep XBMC from closing in the background on you. I’ve been using this set up for a couple months without fail. Find me on Twitter or Facebook and I’ll go into detail and even help you get the correct plug-in version that you’ll need. I can’t going to specifics on here. But I have all of the files if you’d like. I’ve set it up for a dozen people so far and it’s been working flawlessly.

  • jocastro

    haha this is a joke right? even the women isn’t attractive… to boney

  • JulianZH

    that thing looks huge! size vs price… not worth it.

  • Dan

    I can forgive the USB 2, but for this price? No way.
    Bad design as well, not being able to hide both the usb/lightning port at the same time is not smart.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      I think they’ll have a cap for it, but regardless of that, paying $129 for an 8GB USB 2.0 stick would never sound justifiable to my ears.

  • Dante Arellano

    Stupid bitch in the video what kind of documents could u have in your iphone stupid lesbian!?

  • blastingbigairs

    Have you tried uninstalling all of your sources and apps (except the ones that came with Cydia originally) then running iCleaner? It’s always worth a try.

    • TheOneMax

      Tried semi-restore, iLex and all that stuff (volume + when powering on). I’m now on iOS 7.1.1 and crashes are still happening.

      • Leviscus Tempris

        I’d suggest trying to get it replaced by Apple and hoping that they give you a device with a jailbreakable firmware or look online for a replacement jailbroken device. People have them for sale with the term jailbroken in the description.

  • Leviscus Tempris

    Seems like a hardware malfunction. I’ve never seen a crash changed the screen like that except on PCs and those have always been hardware related issues.

  • Malik

    go to cydia and remove “cydia substrate” it will remove the tweak that’s causing it to crash but it will also remove all other tweaks and themes.
    then you can reinstall them and see which one is causing it to crash