iPad Pro Lightning Port Is USB 3 Speed

September 11, 2015 — 4 Comments

[Update, Nov. 12, 2015: Now that the iPad Pro is out, people are noticing the hardware and Apple told me that forthcoming adapters would enable USB 3 speeds. I’ve updated the original post at The iPad for Photographers site.]

I learned a little tidbit from a source today: the Lightning port on the upcoming iPad Pro will transfer data at USB 3 speeds, faster than current iPads. 

That’s potentially good news for photographers and videographers who import images and video clips from SD cards or cameras directly to the iPad for editing and reviewing. I don’t know offhand if the existing Lightning camera adapters will also support that speed or if new adapters will be required. But it’s a welcome change for those of us who have spent many many minutes waiting for media to transfer before we can act on it.

I can’t wait to learn more details as we get closer to the November release date.

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4 responses to iPad Pro Lightning Port Is USB 3 Speed

  1. 

    Has anyone tested this yet? iFixit tear down revealed a USB 3 controller.

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