How to use a USB drive with iPhone or iPad

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Connecting a USB drive to an iPhone is a snap.
Add Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter to access everything on a USB drive with an iPhone.
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The world is full of USB drives, from portable thumbdrives to full external SSDs. Happily, you’re not closed off from these just because you use an iPhone or iPad. All you need is the right adapter.

And you’ll have full read/write access to everything on the drive. You won’t even need to install any software, as the app you need comes preinstalled on your device.

Keep your gadgets charged, connected, and protected [Week’s Best Deals]

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From double-duty thumb drives to universal power, dig the week's best deals at the Cult of Mac Store
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2017 is humming right along. OK, maybe more like crashing along. Nevertheless, we’re offering the best deals this side of the digital divide. This week, our top gear and gadgets include a 64GB thumb drive that doubles as a connector cable, a powerful app for unlocking PDFs, a portable battery pack that can charge almost any device, and a VPN subscription that’ll protect your online life.

How to transfer your iPhone media to Mac (and back again)

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Back up your iPhone to your Mac on the go.
Back up your iPhone to your Mac on the go.
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Want a quick way to move your photos, music and documents from your iPhone to your Mac? What about backing up your iPhone on the go?

iKlips Duo is an innovative little gadget that will do both. It’s a well-made, MFi-certified USB stick that lets you connect to your iPhone (or iPad) via its Lightning port and to your Mac via a USB 3 port. Toss it in your bag and rest assured that you’ve always got a way to get your data off your iOS device.

It’s simple, easy and doesn’t require iTunes or iCloud. Here’s how to transfer your iPhone media to your Mac or PC, and then put it back, if you like, using the iKlips Duo.

When it comes to promoting his work, photographer is all ‘thumbs’

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Photographer Justin Paulsen made severed thumb drives to send to art directors. Photo: Justin Paulsen
Photographer Justin Poulsen made severed thumb drives to send to art directors. Photo: Justin Poulsen

To get a “thumbs-up” from art directors, photographer Justin Poulsen provided the thumb.

In an act of creative expression that Van Gogh would appreciate, the Toronto-based Poulsen sent out his work on thumb drives that he made to look like realistic severed thumbs.

After the initial shock, who wouldn’t want to plug it in and have a look at the contents?

iPhone Case Packs Vestigial USB Thumb Drive

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Possibly pointless but plainly pretty.
Possibly pointless but plainly pretty.

What if I told you there was a case that adds up to 16GB storage to your iPhone? And further, that this case costs just $50. You’d be pretty interested, right? Well, it’s kind of true. You can indeed buy a 16GB case, but sadly that memory can’t actually be used with the iPhone.