IOS 13/iPadOS and the USB 3.0 Camera Connector

One of the really cool features coming in IOS 13 is the ability to connect other devices, such as USB flash or hard drives to your IOS 13 device. Finally, we have the ability to access these storage mediums through the Files app without the need for additional software and the strange incantations needed to make it work.

But, we are not limited to just USB storage devices. In a recent trip to the Apple Store, our Apple Technician mentioned that he had connected other USB devices to his iPad including music devices, microphones and the like.

Say what?

The problem with the majority of USB devices we want to connect to our iPads is the power consumption. When you connect these devices to your iPad, you see the infamous “this devices requires too much power” message.

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The way to get around this problem is what Apple calls the “USB 3.0 Camera Connection Kit”, which is an adapter which has a Lightning or USB-C connector for your iPad (depending upon the generation), a power port to connect to your wall charger, and the USB-A port.

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Using this adapter, there is sufficient power for the iPad to use the device, and it is visible in the

As our Apple Store technician mentioned, we can connect other USB devices. I have a which I use when I need high quality audio recordings.

With the H4n, I have previously had to record the audio to the SD card in the recorder, copy the files to my iMac and then process them. With IOS 13 and the USB 3.0 Camera kit, I can connect the audio interface in the H4n directly to GarageBand or Voice Memos.

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As I do more writing, and recording these articles as podcasts, this functionality will be come more valuable to my workflow.


There may be other USB devices we can connect with this connection kit to improve our usage of this computing platform. Even if all we use the adapter for is to add additional storage to our devices through USB hard drives or USB flash drives, we are farther ahead than we were with IOS 12.


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Copyright 2019, Chris Hare

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Chris is the co-author of seven books and author of more than 70 articles and book chapters in technical, management, and information security publications.

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