All iPads Will Apple ever add a micro SD slot?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by red321red321, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. red321red321 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2013
    Will Apple ever add a micro SD slot to the iPad? It would make the tablet much more useful to be able to quickly and easily transfer files to it, without having to deal with cables or slow wifi file transfer. It would also make it easier to store lots of files on the tablet. Samsung does this with the Galaxy phones and tablets and it makes them very useful.
  2. Ursadorable macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2013
    The Frozen North
    Not likely.

    A look at the iPhone profit margins will tell you why.

    It costs Apple $187 to make a 16GB iPhone 5.. and it costs them $209 to make a 64GB iPhone 5. That's a difference of $16 for what they charge $200 for. They want you to buy the bigger one so they can put more money in their pocket.
  3. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    Given the effort they appear to have taken to greatly restrict the capabilities of the camera connection kit, I'd say they're not interested in adding off-board storage functionality like this.
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
  5. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    I looked this up a while ago. Adding an SD card would play havoc with iTunes syncing. Makes sense to me, but so does the profit motive behind charging an additional $300 for an iPad with enough storage to make it useful....
  6. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Nope and they will never add a removable battery.
  7. PatrickCocoa macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2008

    Never. Apple is trying to eliminate the concept of a file. Therefore they have no interest in making file transfers easy.

    What Apple wants is a computing ecosystem where your "stuff" is out there somewhere, and which you can can easily get from within whatever app you used to create that "stuff", and from whatever Apple device you're currently using.

    You think of your stuff as files that you can manipulate (copy, move, duplicate, open) using an operating system and a file manager. But Apple wants to kill that as it adds a layer of learning needed.
  8. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Never. Not when they can make $189 from folks moving from 16gigs to 64gigs
  9. Breaking Good macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2012
    You must not own a Samsung Galaxy product. I have an S4 and the micro SD card is next to useless. You can't store Apps, music or movies/TV shows it. You can only use it for camera pictures and camera videos.
  10. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
    "They" (Apple) don't charge $200 (or $300) for it, the cell carriers do. Apple gets paid a lot more than $200. The cell carriers subsidize the full amount of the phone. When YOU pay $650 for the unsubsidized phone (no carrier contract) that's close to the real amount Apple gets in the end (less the carrier's wholesale discount). Don't think for a second Apple ONLY gets $200 when you buy a phone with service. The CARRIER pays the difference between the $200 you pay and their wholesale cost of the phone that Apple charges (whatever that is, but substantially MORE than $200).
  11. red321red321 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2013
    Actually I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and a Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The micro SD slot is extremely useful. You can plug it into your computer and copy pictures, movies, files to it and access them from your device. You can tell the camera to store pictures there. You can also set apps to use the micro SD space as storage instead of built-in device storage. It really adds a lot of flexibility to the device.
  12. Ursadorable macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2013
    The Frozen North
    Really? Because it sure looks like Apple does.
  13. ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2013
    He's saying $200 more from one storage size to another, not subsidized device cost through a carrier.
  14. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Well stated. Apple's thrust with iOS is a whole different paradigm, one that doesn't include messing with a filesystem. One implication is you're not going to see removable storage on an iOS device.

    Put your stuff on iCloud or dropbox or similar.
  15. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    The carriers will pay the rest of the price.

    Apple don't sell iPhones for $200.
  16. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
  17. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    I really hope not, that is old technology.

    Just thinking about having some hinge or something gives me the creeps.

    No thank you.
  18. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2012

    Is it just me or does anyone else come up with $22 instead of $16? ;)
  19. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    That's wrong, you can absolutely store media like TV shows, movies and music. And I understand app support is coming back in a future version of Android OS.
  20. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    It costs them $187 to make the last iPhone. The first was tens of millions. Nobody factors that in.
  21. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    A layer of learning? to copy and move a few files? I understand that many users are very casual and dont want to deal with the inner workings of a file system but lets not go overboard!

    To answer the OP - Nope. No sd cards, USBs or any of that. Apple doesnt play that way and it is what it is.
  22. Ursadorable macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2013
    The Frozen North
    Oh hush you! *beats with pillow*
  23. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    No, they will not.
  24. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

    Cool Pup

    Jun 18, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    I doubt it, but if they ever will, they will do it the possibly impending iPad Pro announcement. But, if that product never happens then absolutely not. They want you to use cloud management for files and I don't see that changing.
  25. surma884 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    They probably never will. What irritates me is that the entry level is still at 16GB. With the amount of apps and the 1080p HD videos/pics it fills up pretty fast. I do not see how it will hurt them to drop the 16GB and up the storage configs to 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

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