iPad Pro Easily move files to and from new iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by coolbreeze2, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. coolbreeze2 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2009
    Simple Question: Will the new 2018 iPad Pro with the Type C connector allow users to easily transfer files from the iPad to an external storage and vice versa? Will users be able to easily download files and save on the iPad?
  2. Dukat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    No, the USB-C allows faster charging and video output.

    We can only dream that a future iOS version will allow proper file management.
    I'd be thrilled just to be able to manage my music and photos properly.
  3. musicpenguy macrumors 65832

    Oct 29, 2006
    Hopefully iOS 13 addresses this - I think there is a good chance it does.
  4. coolbreeze2 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2009
    Knowing Apple I knew iPad probably will not allow proper file management. However, in their new commercial for new iPad, they kept mentioning new USB-C and the fact that it will allow connection of a multitude of devices. That plus the fact the new iPad comes with 1TB of storage made me think proper file management will now be possible. Why the heck would I buy a 1TB storage device if I can't save and download files? I might as well purchase the 64GB option, which is a whole lot less money.
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    You can save and download all the files you want. You just can't manage or transfer them easily.
  6. coolbreeze2 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2009
    • The Verge's Nilay Patel:
    I tried a handful of USB-C hubs with an assortment of USB-A, HDMI, card readers, and Ethernet ports, and everything worked as intended... other stuff didn’t work, though: printers didn’t do anything. A Native Instruments Maschine mk3 audio controller sat in silence. A Beyerdynamic USB-C microphone only worked when we used an A-to-C cable plugged into a hub. USB-C is still kind of messy and weird, so you’ll just have to try things and see what works for you.

    But one extremely important category of devices will definitely not work: iOS does not support external storage. You can plug as many flash drives or hard drives as you want into the iPad Pro’s USB-C port, and nothing will happen.

    Dear Apple: It does not make a lot of sense to have 1TB onboard storage and can't manage it.
  7. teohyc macrumors regular


    May 24, 2007
    That's why Apple has extra storage options. It's for those who need the extra capacity But they don't want people to use external storage, or else they won't be able to sell their internal storage. Ever wonder why iPhone don't have microsd card slots even though Apple is perfectly capable of building them into their phones?

    iOS is never about getting files out via cable.
  8. coolbreeze2 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2009
    I agree.
  9. richpjr macrumors 68040


    May 9, 2006
    Don’t forget about iCloud subscriptions - cheap external storage would cut back on the need for people to subscribe and pay forever for iCloud storage.
  10. snowboarder macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    I still didn't figure out what it is about...
  11. Momof9 macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2018
    How do you transfer files from a pc? I have my iPad connected to a laptop. I can even see Internal Storage from the laptop. But there is the DCIM folder only. Or is there another / better way to get files to the iPad. I would like to have them in folders several deep if possible. If not, then this 1TB is useless.... ugh
  12. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    At least you get 50% more RAM than the rest of us.
  13. KrispyKrink macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2014
    Use a NAS! Seriously, roll your own Dropbox at home.
  14. coolbreeze2 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2009
    That's how I feel. The 1TB does me no good if I can't use it the way I want. I am indeed an Apple junkie (look at my signature) so this criticism is not coming from a jealous Android user. The iPad needs to allow me more freedom if it's going to replace my laptop. But I guess that's Apple's strategy: Make me buy both an iPad and a MacBook Pro. If the iPad had more freedom I guess I wouldn't buy the MacBook Pro.
  15. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Without proper file management, I cannot go with the larger storage models of any ipad due to that reason alone. I'm not holding my ipad up at the zoo recording in 4K to use the storage either nor downloading mobile games (the other reason to get large storage models) since placing files on it is a mess unless they are already in the cloud.
  16. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    Man, it would have been really nice to have real file support on these new iPads. It was a bit sad in The Verge's review when the guy simply wasn't able to do anything with a flash drive.

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