Kanex Launches New Portable Docking Station for iPad Pro

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Kanex today announced the launch of its iAdapt Multiport Docking Station for the 2018 iPad Pro models, designed to add a range of additional ports to the devices using the built-in USB-C port.

The iAdapt Multiport Docking Station includes a USB-C Power Delivery port for charging your iPad, an SD card slot, a microSD card slot, a USB-A port, an HDMI 4K port, and a 3.5mm audio jack for use with headphones.


With the iAdapt Docking Station, the iPad Pro can access photos on SD and microSD cards and in iOS 13, can read files from external drives through the USB-A port.

The iAdapt plugs into the USB-C port on the iPad, and rests at the back of the device when in landscape mode, adding a minimal amount of additional bulk. It's also portable and works with the Smart Keyboard Cover. Because of the way it fits, it may not be compatible with other cases.


The iAdapt Multiport Docking Station can be pre-ordered from B&H Photo starting today for $99.95, and it will be available from Kanex later in the month.

Article Link: Kanex Launches New Portable Docking Station for iPad Pro
 
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BreuerEditor

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I’m curious to know if with iOS 13, one can use a hub like this to transfer photos from an SD card to an external SSD like the Samsung T5. Or would it only recognize one device at once?
Same here. It would great if I could plug in my SDXC card from my camera and transfer the raw photos to an external and then work off of that. That would eliminate having to carry around a laptop for quick shoots.
 

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I’m curious to know if with iOS 13, one can use a hub like this to transfer photos from an SD card to an external SSD like the Samsung T5. Or would it only recognize one device at once?
There are videos of others doing just this on YouTube with a USB-C Hub so it should also be possible with this hub.
 

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From the Indigogo page:


Note

Due to the limitation of iOS system, only images in .jpg and .gif format and videos in .mp4 format can be imported to iPad Pro from flash drive or SD/TF card through BoltHub.

iOS system can only read images and videos saved in a folder and named in a certain format. For instance, iOS system can read camera folders named as 100CANON or 100APPLE. If not, please rename the files and folders on your computer as they can not be edited on iPad Pro:

Navigate to the root directory of the flash drive and create a folder named “DCIM”;

Under “DCIM”, create another camera folder named “100CANON”, “100APPLE” or alike;

In the camera folder, make sure to rename the images and videos using 3 digits of letters and 5 digits of numbers, such as “abc12345.jpg”. Please also make sure that the format of the images is .jpg or .gif and the video is .mp4.

BoltHub is compatible with file system of FAT32, not NTFS stored in the flash drive or the SD/TF card.

Flash drive, SD and TF card cannot be read simultaneously when plugged in BoltHub. Only one can be read at a time, on the first-in-first-read principle.

Images and videos can only be browsed after being imported to the album on iPad Pro.
 

nicho

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From the Indigogo page:


Note

Due to the limitation of iOS system, only images in .jpg and .gif format and videos in .mp4 format can be imported to iPad Pro from flash drive or SD/TF card through BoltHub.

iOS system can only read images and videos saved in a folder and named in a certain format. For instance, iOS system can read camera folders named as 100CANON or 100APPLE. If not, please rename the files and folders on your computer as they can not be edited on iPad Pro:

Navigate to the root directory of the flash drive and create a folder named “DCIM”;

Under “DCIM”, create another camera folder named “100CANON”, “100APPLE” or alike;

In the camera folder, make sure to rename the images and videos using 3 digits of letters and 5 digits of numbers, such as “abc12345.jpg”. Please also make sure that the format of the images is .jpg or .gif and the video is .mp4.

BoltHub is compatible with file system of FAT32, not NTFS stored in the flash drive or the SD/TF card.

Flash drive, SD and TF card cannot be read simultaneously when plugged in BoltHub. Only one can be read at a time, on the first-in-first-read principle.

Images and videos can only be browsed after being imported to the album on iPad Pro.
None of that is definitely true of iPadOS. In fact iPadOS changes pretty much everything that blurb refers to.
 

jetho

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The preoder page only states 2k@60Hz as maximum output for the HDMI port which at that price point doesn’t seem like a good deal to me.
 

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an HDMI 4K port
That's not what the B&H Photo article link says:

The HDMI port supports resolutions up to 2K at 60 Hz plus HDCP content protection
Maybe it supports 4K, but you're not going to get 60Hz out of it. I've looked at a lot of these. The only ones that do 60Hz are dedicated adapters that don't have additional ports. Why? Because 4K 60Hz eats up most of the bandwidth of 10Gbps USB-C.

I'm definitely going to get some kind of a hub for my iPad Pro when I get iOS 13 on it, but it will probably just be a simple USB-C port only hub. I just need to be able to plug in my Apple USB-C to UHS-II SD Card adapter and a Samsung T5. Hopefully it is able to power both of these at the same time!
 

gaximus

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That design is pretty awful, if I'm looking at it correctly, it seems that the cable goes behind the iPad and bends around to create a loop. Why not just make a straight cable that goes across the bottom and plugs in, or even better make the plug built into the corner piece so there is no wire at all.
 

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I’m curious to know if with iOS 13, one can use a hub like this to transfer photos from an SD card to an external SSD like the Samsung T5. Or would it only recognize one device at once?
I’ve read that the updated file system will allow direct transfer to external drives. I’m waiting to see this confirmed, but I imagine it’s true. This is the sort of functionality I need, as well. My hope is that Adobe will quickly update Lightroom CC (iOS) so that the DAM will work among all devices.
 

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From the Indigogo page:


Note

Due to the limitation of iOS system, only images in .jpg and .gif format and videos in .mp4 format can be imported to iPad Pro from flash drive or SD/TF card through BoltHub.

iOS system can only read images and videos saved in a folder and named in a certain format. For instance, iOS system can read camera folders named as 100CANON or 100APPLE. If not, please rename the files and folders on your computer as they can not be edited on iPad Pro:

Navigate to the root directory of the flash drive and create a folder named “DCIM”;

Under “DCIM”, create another camera folder named “100CANON”, “100APPLE” or alike;

In the camera folder, make sure to rename the images and videos using 3 digits of letters and 5 digits of numbers, such as “abc12345.jpg”. Please also make sure that the format of the images is .jpg or .gif and the video is .mp4.

BoltHub is compatible with file system of FAT32, not NTFS stored in the flash drive or the SD/TF card.

Flash drive, SD and TF card cannot be read simultaneously when plugged in BoltHub. Only one can be read at a time, on the first-in-first-read principle.

Images and videos can only be browsed after being imported to the album on iPad Pro.

Thanks for the help. No one asked about iOS 12 and before. the question is IpadiOs , which is not yet released, and the limitations quoted above, don't apply. Cheers
 

cggobbler

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"We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward."

Releases USB supports & dongles galore. Not that I'm complaining, but shouldn't Apple make things that 'just works'? Not with these additional accessories I need to bring everywhere when I'm traveling, rivaling my toiletries pack.

Why not fix the iCloud first, making it a true replacement for the usb. iCloud is running far behind its competition. Now I'm complaining.
 

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"We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward."

Releases USB supports & dongles galore. Not that I'm complaining, but shouldn't Apple make things that 'just works'? Not with these additional accessories I need to bring everywhere when I'm traveling, rivaling my toiletries pack.

Why not fix the iCloud first, making it a true replacement for the usb. iCloud is running far behind its competition. Now I'm complaining.
The additional accessory is not made by Apple, but by Kanex, you only buy it if you want it, you don't need it. The iPad Pro has a usb-C 3.1 gen2 connector so it just works. If you want to bring a whole bucket load of stuff when you travel, that is up to you. Even with a laptop you would need to bring all the stuff and all the cables. So what are you saving, an SD card slot because your camera doesn't have an output port? When I travel, I prefer to go light - period!

iCloud works great, it is not the same thing as a file repository, but it is a synching service. If you want a file repository, just use OneDrive, or google drive, or a myriad of others (there is an app for that!), or now a usb drive. But that brings up a good question, what exactly are you talking about? I use OneDrive, Google Drive and iCloud on my Mac and iPhone, I pretty much stick with iCloud because it works great, but I also keep some archive files on Google Drive and One Drive, mostly because of their free 15GB storage. I can get all the free photo storage that google brags about with its Pixels. I'm not seeing what you are complaining about? Size for the Price maybe?
 
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Hardly 'invisible' - but also.. why is this better (or worse) than the Hyperdrive one that's been around for months now. Actually what's the difference with ANY USB-C hub. There's a wire - and a hub. Only difference it sticks onto the corner. Invisibly *coughs*
 

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The idea is good, but the placement seems weird. Why put it on the top corner? It seems like adding so much weight to the top would make it unstable in that keyboard case
 

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Based on what? Why would you presume that devs have access to any extra information about iPadOS?
I think he means those without dev accounts are still stuck on iOS 12, therefore that “blurb” is still true because they won’t get the update until September