Does the iPad Pro 12.9" model have faster transfer speeds?

MCube74

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I would like to know if the iPad Pro 12.9 supports faster transfer speeds. Especially when connected to USB Type C connection?

If so then I will buy a USB C PCI-E card for my PC.
 

Mascots

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Just something to keep in mind, USB-C is a meaningless predictor of speed or features.

USB-C solely refers to the connector shape and the underlying transfer system can range from USB2, to USB3.0/3.1, to USB3.1g2, to Thunderbolt 3, or to any other Alternate Mode standard. I don't think there's even guarantees for Power Delivery or even Audio Adaptor Accessory mode - it just depends on the hardware on either side.
 
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mkelly

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Just something to keep in mind, USB-C is a meaningless predictor of speed or features.
Yes, this exactly. So many people equate USB-C with the underlying data transfer mechanism, but as you said, USB-C only describes the physical connector. Co-worker was bitten by this when he ordered some USB-C cables from Amazon, only to discover that while the connectors were indeed USB-C, the cables could only manage USB 2.0 transfer speeds.
 

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Therotically it supports USB-3 transfer speeds when used with a USB-C to lightning cable.

But in reality, it doesn't. I have tried it and many others have tried it. Transfer speeds is always according to USB2 standards ie. 480 Mbps (40 MBPS)
 

MCube74

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So to conclude the iPad Pro 12.9 transfers files at USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 when connected to USB 3.0 or USB-C?
 

acorntoy

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So to conclude the iPad Pro 12.9 transfers files at USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 when connected to USB 3.0 or USB-C?


USB 3 was included so they could include the faster charging with the 29W adapter. This is why the iPad Pro 12.9 can charge faster than the pro 9.7 with the right charger. Data transfers will be around if not the exact same.
 
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windywalks

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USB 3 was included so they could include the faster charging with the 29W adapter. This is why the iPad Pro 12.9 can charge faster than the pro 9.7 with the right charger. Data transfers will be around if not the exact same.
That's not entirely correct.
The Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter provides USB 3 speeds when a USB 3 compatible camera is connected, the doubled Lightning pins in the iPad Pro 12.9 are there for a reason.
I too however don't understand why the USB-C cable doesn't take advantage of that capability with the Pro.
 

acorntoy

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That's not entirely correct.
The Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter provides USB 3 speeds when a USB 3 compatible camera is connected, the doubled Lightning pins in the iPad Pro 12.9 are there for a reason.
I too however don't understand why the USB-C cable doesn't take advantage of that capability with the Pro.
Ah very interesting. I was remembering when it was released and people were talking about it, haven't really followed it which was why my info was a little outdated. Interesting it can actually take advantage of it because so many people seemed to believe it couldn't achieve the speeds through data.

Fast charging is much appreciated, but only because on this iPad I get about 4 hours of battery when on others I'd get 8-10, the 12w charger is much fast enough for the 9.7.
 

windywalks

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Ah very interesting. I was remembering when it was released and people were talking about it, haven't really followed it which was why my info was a little outdated. Interesting it can actually take advantage of it because so many people seemed to believe it couldn't achieve the speeds through data.

Fast charging is much appreciated, but only because on this iPad I get about 4 hours of battery when on others I'd get 8-10, the 12w charger is much fast enough for the 9.7.
I used to get the same battery life and worried about it a lot, until I figured out, that reducing the brightness to around 50-60% brought the estimated battery life to 8-10 hours easily.
The display on the 12.9 inch Pro is a tremendous battery hog.
 

acorntoy

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I used to get the same battery life and worried about it a lot, until I figured out, that reducing the brightness to around 50-60% brought the estimated battery life to 8-10 hours easily.
The display on the 12.9 inch Pro is a tremendous battery hog.
If the display was 50-60% brighter than an iPad Air 2 it wouldn't be a problem doing so :p but I'm not going to change my use case because of a crappy display eating away my battery, thankfully since it's so large I'm usually using it near a charging port anyway, and the 29w charger really makes it fly, although after about 2 months in I'm already at about 1/3 of the charge cycles on my air 2 that I owned for over 2 years. Hopefully they'll fix it........... please...... anytime? Anything that Apple releases with a pro name seems to stagnate, never get updated, and then dissapoint when it does. I was just surprised at how misleading the battery life specs are, never had an experience like that from Apple. My iPad 3 with its at the time massive battery hungry display managed to fit apples estimates with almost full brightness.
 
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