Best lightning hub for iPad os

dukebound85

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I see a lot of usb c hubs and not too many lightning hubs. Are there good ones available? Apple has one that is for cameras and lacking in the output options

I’d prefer a solution with 2 usb, headphone jack, and display output

Can you use a usb c hub with a lightning to usb-c adapter?
 

Richdmoore

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Jul 24, 2007
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I see a lot of usb c hubs and not too many lightning hubs. Are there good ones available? Apple has one that is for cameras and lacking in the output options

I’d prefer a solution with 2 usb, headphone jack, and display output

Can you use a usb c hub with a lightning to usb-c adapter?
Sort of.... There is an lighting to USB 3 camera adapter, but no lighting to USB-C adapter that I know of (except some off brands that convert power for lighting charging only.)

I tried something similar with iOS 11, and here is what I discovered via testing....

Yes, you can use the lighting to camera kit (powered USB 3 version would probably be the best for a stationary unit.) I was able to attach standard USB connected ethernet adapter/2 keyboards/ & a usb headset all to a usb 2 (wall powered) hub.

Nowdays, I would get a USB 3 hub with an external power supply to allow higher power draw USB 3 devices to work as well. Pair it with the apple USB 3 camera connection kit.

The display output won't work, as when you pair the Lighting to HDMI adapter, and the USB 3 to lighting adapter they won't work together "daisy chained".

I think a (somewhat pricy) solution would be to hook you your monitor to an apple tv (3/4/4k) and wirelessly airplay to that device, while utilizing the lighting to USB camera adapter. If may be able to get an apple tv 3 (used) at a good prices, as many people have upgraded to the 4/4k.

Of course, iOS/iPadOS 13 may have changed some of the limitations I had with iOS 11 in a desktop setup. I never run the beta software.