General Will Apple ever allow proper USB storage device usage on iOS?

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by zorinlynx, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    With the iPad Pro now having proper USB-C ports and Apple encouraging us to use more USB peripherals on them, will Apple ever enable proper USB storage device support?

    When you plug a USB thumbdrive into an iPad, it should appear under Files. You should be able to access all files on it, not just photos in the DCIM directory. But you can't.

    The lack of this feature is a serious oversight on Apple's part; there have been multiple cases already when it would have come in handy to be able to do this.

    Anyone think iOS 13 is when we'll finally get this? It would really increase the usefulness of iOS devices for some tasks.
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
  3. alex00100 macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2011
    Moscow, Russia
    It's probably a matter of resources to program this stuff. They have the files app, I see no reason why they wouldn't allow the usb drives to show up there.
  4. danieldavis3924 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2015

    Why would apple want to do this? They can charge for iCloud storage, and stop you from using the existing drives you have.

    1-0 to Android.
  5. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
  6. Anarchy99 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2003
    They'll only do it if they get enough backlash for not.

    I think it's one of a handful of things necessary if they ever want iOS especially the iPad to be a real productivity machine, the files app was a step in the right direction but a small one.
  7. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    remember Apple is heading in the direction of everything wireless - they want to have no physical ports on all their devices. I think that is wrong but that is what they want.
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    How do we know that that's what they actually want and where things are actually heading?
  9. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    That would be awesome. Wires are so last decade. I would be perfectly fine with a phone or ipad with no ports at all.
  10. canesalato, Jan 23, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019

    canesalato macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    “Motivation: wires are SOO last decade!”
    So, just don’t use them!
  11. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Screens have been around for a while now too, for decades and decades, sounds like it's time to get rid of them in the name of progress.
  12. canesalato macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    Now that I think about it, iPhones are more than ten years old and, next year, the first iPad will be ten years.
    I would be perfectly fine with an iPhone or an iPad with no iPhone or iPad at all.
    In the name of progress, of course ;-)
  13. BuddyRich macrumors member


    Mar 21, 2012
    Use the app File Browser for Business

    Only works with the iXpand drive specifically (and a host of wireless drives and NASes), SMB shares, FTP and a bunch of other things but integrates them into the Files app nicely.

    It is a shame Apple doesn't do this natively for all USB drives though.

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