iPad Do you think the iPad will ever have more ports (SD, USB 3.0) in the future?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Billy95Tech, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. Billy95Tech Suspended

    Apr 18, 2014
    Because some Android/Windows 8 tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab/Surface Pro 2 have a SD slot to increase the storage and sometimes have a full USB port to transfer files.

    And on all of the Ipads released they only have a charging/transfering files port at the bottom of the ipads.

    So i was wondering Do you think the Ipad will ever have more ports(SD, USB 3.0) in the future?

    I will only think a (likely)SD card slot and a USB port(maybe) in the future Ipads and that would be great! :)
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    No, never. More ports make the device thicker, and Apple is all about making the iOS devices as thin as possible.
  3. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
  4. Shanghaichica macrumors G3


    Apr 8, 2013
    No. I think Apple like to have a proprietary charging port so I doubt that they would want to use the same charger as their competitors. They also prefer to have on device storage. That way they can change exorbitant prices for more storage. Then there are all the accessories that they sell like camera connection kits etc.
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I seriously doubt it, not in the near future anyway
  6. mrcheezit macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2012
    I really really want it, but I doubt it as well. Definitely not USB but I could see an SD slot happening (I mean they have it on the Macbooks) but if you look at how thin the iPad Air is it would be difficult to fit one on there.
  7. eelw macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2012
    SD slot - definitely not. Since Apple would rather keep the $100 markup for each doubling of the next capacity larger price point.

    USB 3.0 - not until they upgrade the speed of the memory chips. It's said that the memory chips currently being used still don't can't max out USB 2.0 speeds.

    And it appears a few replies here are confusing micro USB and USB 3.0 - most definitely not. If Apple really wanted to use micro USB, they wouldn't have gone with lightning connector.
  8. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Nope. That would give people choices and options. The only choices apple likes to give consumers is to pay more for a more expensive machines to add features. You can't get what you want in the air form factor unless you move up to the 13" MBP. Same with the 13"MBP to the 15". Same with the mini to iMac.
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If they would just update the camera/SD card adapter so it would take the larger and faster cards, I would be happy
  10. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    That's one thing I feel confidant that is not happening :D.
  11. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    If apple is serious about this "post-PC era", they are going to have to suck down their pride and at least offer adapter solutions, if not adding ports altogether.
  12. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    Apple has purposely avoided putting any additional ports on the iDevices since inception. I don't see it happening maybe a camera connection kit, again.
  13. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    No need. Everything is going wireless and/or in the cloud. Devices will eventually exchange files directly with each other wirelessly, or upload them to the cloud, from where other devices can access them. Apple wants to push this trend, instead of making ports and adapters.
  14. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    I doubt it, doesn't bother me much that there aren't any right now anyway.
  15. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    SD port? Are you kidding me? I hope not. Apple does not see any future for SD because Apple came up with iCloud for more storage space and We got Dropbox and Box apps. :apple:
  16. Adonys macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southern California
  17. Ezhik macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2011
    Cupertino (No, really)
    Nope. SD would mean no more expensive storage tiers, USB would mean no more AirPrint and expensive accessories, and HDMI would mean no more expensive Lightning port HD adapters.

    If you need those things, you'll need to get a Windows or an Android tablet.
  18. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Everything is going data capping. For that reason alone, having "everything on the cloud is impractical, no matter how much it gets pushed as the end all be all solution.
  19. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    That's what people don't get it - they're are data caps now. So, greedy Apple that is still selling a 16GB base iPad, makes you have to be a janitor of storage on your iPad (ex. I will have to delete a movie so that I can fit GarageBand on here).

    Also, I was a huge proponent of AirDrop (I would use it once or week or so) until recently when I had to use it multiple times a day; it would sometimes take 1.5 minutes to find the other person (who was 1 foot away from me) and sometimes, it would not find them at all. Wireless tech needs to be improved.

    I understand Apple's view on it though - more ports = more potential issues. Also, if you buy a cheap SD card (aka slow performing), apps that are on it may run sluggish or crash (which will make the iPad experience suck).
  20. JustinePaula macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    The solution is to make access to the internal storage of the ipad better, through better use of bluetooth and wifi technology. It is a truly painful process to send data to the ipad from my mac laptop or my HP laptop.

    I charge my ipad off the USB port, how wonderful it would be to see the ipad come up as a drive, so I can use it as a video player, note taker, data transfer device.

    Extra ports would be useful, at least expand the range of devices that can access the only data port on the ipad..
  21. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Well, apple may want to push this concept but that doesn't mean everyone wants to fully invest in it. I use the cloud but also have physical backups of important things. There are also certain files that I don't keep on the cloud at all. The cloud is convenient and all that but it's got its share of potential issues.

    For the record, apple will NOT ever have USB or SD card ports. Doesn't jive with their walled garden approach.
  22. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    In addition, having USB ports and SD card slots are too complicated and confusing for Apple's target demographic.

    It's sad really. Having seen some of the things that professionals are doing with the iPad, not having those ports makes using the iPad in those scenarios more difficult than it should be.
  23. WilliamLondon macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    Absolutely, at least some on here understand what it's all about, and what it's not about are all those juvenile and armchair "business assessments" about Apple's doing things because they can charge $100 per doubling of storage or "walled gardens" or whatever silly cynical comments that completely miss the point - it's about the future.
  24. JustinePaula macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2012
    I agree, the ipad is limited only by short sighted design flaws, I might be flamed for this, but I feel Mr Ive is not the hot shot designer he thinks he is, was the ports left out for design look reasons, or is Apple unable to create a tablet with the ports..I suspect the latter.

    The ipad has audio on one side, why???? Sounds stupid when you watch a video..It has stereo, but when in landscape mode, it is really irritating to have the audio blast out of one side of the device..
  25. AppleHater macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    How's your 5gb iCloud handling your data? :p


    What's really juvenile is calling names when you see someone's opinion that you don't like to hear. Of course they take huge profit out of $100 per doubling storages.

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