USB Thumb Drive to iPad - How?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    As a lawyer, I regularly attend seminars, and more and more, seminar materials are in PDF form, and handed out via a USB thumb drive. The iPad would be a great tool to take to seminars, but it doesn't have a USB drive. How then would I get a thumb drive into an iPad?

    P.S. - Despite this obvious (even if temporary) shortcoming, I pre-ordered on day 1 a 32 gb Wi-Fi iPad.

    Young Turk
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    Well hopefully a 3rd party will come out with a dongle for that :) But if not worst case you could ask a fellow attendee to email it to you?
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    The USB dongle in the Camera Connection Kit may technically be capable of accessing a thumb drive. It depends on whether the iPad acts as a USB host or whether the dongle itself is the USB host and the thumb drive and iPad are USB slaves. Obviously it also depends on Apple supporting this use.
     
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    Dropbox

    Use dropbox for this pupose and DL the dropbox iphone app - skip the USB thumb drive all together
     
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    abijnk

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    Comprehension fail, dude.

    OP, I am hoping we will see some sort of third party solution fo this, especially considering it's iWork capabilities.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    you failed to mention how the OP would get the contents of the usb drive onto dropbox.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That is correct. One inelegant workaround would be to bring my MacBook Air (in addition to the iPad) to the first day of a seminar, and transfer the thumb drive contents to it, and in turn either my iDisk or DropBox, which I use and highly recommend. Once on iDisk or DropBox, I can access it freely with my iPad.

    Still, there must be a better way.

    Young Turk
     
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    There are a couple of other ways, though I'm not sure they're better. You could take your USB drive to the business center or concierge desk (if available) and upload the contents to iDisk using a desktop. Or use a borrowed laptop from a fellow seminarian to do the same.

    When I organize CLE trainings I email the documents to attendees ahead of time. I have seen USB drives distributed. And also CDs. No matter what: it beats the old days of three-ring binders with hundreds of pages I'll (maybe) read once.
     
  9. macrumors G3

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    It doesn't matter if you can physically attach the drive if the OS can't access and copy and the contents of the drive. Hopefully it will.
     
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    That's why a third party solution would be the best and most likely solution.
     
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    No 3rd party solution will work if the OS can't do it.
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    The OS can do it. OS 3.0 allows third party apps to accept data coming from a device connected to the dock connector. I believe any data transferred is only accessible through the app that copied it but if that app has a pdf viewer youre good.
     
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    By best solution, I assume you mean short of Apple having just put a USB port with thumbdrive support on the iPad in the first place, right?
     
  16. macrumors 603

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    Does it really matter? I bet you'll have your laptop with you anyways :D
     
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    Hopefully a jailbreak hack comes out that allows you to use the camera USB connector as a full-out USB port with flash drives. :cool:
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    Agreed. I would think someone will come up with the software hack to use the camera/USB adapter with a flash drive or other drive.

    It would be nice to be able to pull data (movies, music, PDFs) directly off of a flash drive or external hard drive without using iTunes. I'd bet it will happen.
     
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    I'm sure this is possible with a 3rd party solution. They'd just have to make a hardware dongle and use it with their application. So if Dropbox decided to add a dongle, then it'd be possible. But seeing as they haven't done this with the iPhone/iPod touch, it might just not be.
     
  20. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Right now, my Air goes everywhere I go.

    Young Turk
     
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  22. macrumors 6502

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    This wouldn't help the OP I don't think.

    Documents are passed around from a few thumbdrives the professor owns to the entire class. (From my understanding.)

    There would be no way to get the file from that thumbdrive to the airstash without a computer transfer. (Which is what the OP wants to avoid.)

    The airstash does look really cool though.
     
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    As someone else pointed out, this is the definition of a third party solution. A small piece of hardware with the accompanying app to supplement the current features of the iPad. It's completely doable.

    Yes, I was starting from reality.
     
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    Let's Sekuhara!

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    It seems more and more these days that you have to hack Apple's products to make them do what they should have been able to do from the beginning.
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    i'm hoping that there will be usb connectivity to my ipad too
    or else i'll just be using it to surf the net and that would be kinda pointless...
     

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