5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 18, 2010 7:21 AM by NJ Analyst
NJ Analyst Level 1 (0 points)
I have tried to connect a flash thumb drive to my iPad using the Camera Connection Kit. The iPad does not recognize the thumb drive. Will the next version of iOS support thumb drive connection for reading/storing data?

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  • Sam M. Level 3 (590 points)
    iOS does not have a traditional file management system like your computer does. Are there pictures on the thumb drives? If so, you will be able to import these into the Photos application.

  • NJ Analyst Level 1 (0 points)
    I was planning on putting a variety of files on my USB thumb drive including photos, documents, videos and music.
  • Julian Wright Level 7 (34,860 points)
    iPad doesn't have this functionality.

    Unsurprisingly, the Camera Connection Kit is for connecting cameras, and camera memory cards for transferring photos and videos - nothing more.

    Apparently, also USB keyboards also work via the CCK but it's not an advertised feature.

    Unless Apple has announced it (and they haven't) no-one here can tell you what the next version of iOS may bring.
  • lllaass Level 10 (175,857 points)
    If the storage medium is formated in either Fat 16 or 32 (the standard) and has a folder labeled DCIM in the root directory, you can add photos and video in the formats supported by the iPad and import them into the iPad just like if a camera was used. However, like for the camera you can't add photos to the storage device but you can delete from it. Some older storage devices may not work. I tried it on an old 2GB USB stick and got message that it dew too much power.
  • NJ Analyst Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried loading photos and videos from the thumb drive and it worked. Thanks!