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Popular accessory maker Satechi today announced the launch of the upgraded USB-C Mobile Pro Hub SD that's been developed for the M1 iPad Pro and M1 iPad Air models.

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The hub includes a 60W USB-C port that can be used for charging an iPad or to charge USB-C devices that are connected to the iPad. It also comes with an HDMI port that supports up to a 4K 60Hz display, a USB A port, micro SD and SD card readers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Satechi says that the SD and micro SD card slots are new to this version of the hub, as is an extension cable that allows for a more secure connection from the hub to the iPad as well as compatibility with iPad cases.

The USB-C Mobile Pro Hub SD can be purchased from the Satechi website for $70. Satechi is offering a 20 percent discount through 9/5 with the promo code SD20.

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Article Link: Satechi Launches New USB-C Hub for M1 iPads
 
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pgiguere1

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I had a hard time understanding what about this USB-C hub made it designed for iPads specifically when reading this article.

I went on Satechi's website and found the answer, for those wondering:

The flexible cable is removable, and you can attach the hub directly to the bottom of an iPad.

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Abazigal

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What makes it especially developed for M1? can't it be use with an intel Mac? I don't get it.

It has a headphone jack, which laptops typically don’t need?

Though any hub made for an iPad should come with a longer cable (at least twice the length). Especially when you consider that the usb c port is suspended in mid air when the iPad is used in tandem with a smart / magic keyboard.
 
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Daedalus65

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The flexible cable is removable, and you can attach the hub directly to the bottom of an iPad.
That makes WAY more sense - otherwise the assumption is my ipad is laying flat on a surface all the time when using it. I would edit to say “directly to the iPad” - because for me it’s the right side, when it’s in on the keyboard, not “the bottom”
 

kiensoy

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My iPad Pro 11” has usb-c and has no M1 chip. What makes this adapter be for M1 iPads?
 

mimeArtist

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I have the previous version... I can't work out what is different on it, other than the shape?
 

Haust

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Let me guess the UBC can only be used for power. Why can’t they make these to support 2 external SSDs?
 

dubiousgif

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USB-C-to-C extension cables no matter the length are against the specifications and can’t be USB-IF certified. For shame, Satechi. They also sell a male A to female C which is also a violation.
 
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HiVolt

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What an ugly monstrosity when attached. With all the cables plugged in how the heck do you even hold it without it feeling off balance.

Like others said, it should have come with a much longer extension as well so you can have it further away from you with only one cable attached.
 

dubiousgif

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What an ugly monstrosity when attached. With all the cables plugged in how the heck do you even hold it without it feeling off balance.

Like others said, it should have come with a much longer extension as well so you can have it further away from you with only one cable attached.
It shouldn’t have come with any extension seeing as that’s a spec violation. If it had a female C port any length of cable could be used.
 

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If only iPadOS let you eject your external drives...
Have you experienced any issues ejecting external drives from an iPad? I, along with my small(ish) company use SanDisk portable drives with our iPads daily. We’ve never had an issue. As in not a single issue.
 

RevTEG

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It shouldn’t have come with any extension seeing as that’s a spec violation. If it had a female C port any length of cable could be used.
Glad they include an extension. Why would anyone want to have to buy one? As I’m sure you‘re aware, the extension makes the hub case compatible.
 

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I had a hard time understanding what about this USB-C hub made it designed for iPads specifically when reading this article.

I went on Satechi's website and found the answer, for those wondering:

The flexible cable is removable, and you can attach the hub directly to the bottom of an iPad.

mobile-pro-hub-sd-hubs-adapters-satechi-922048_1024x.jpg

mobile-pro-hub-sd-hubs-adapters-satechi-573211_1024x.jpg
Ah, that makes sense. I was wondering the same thing.
 
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