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    iPad Pro update:

    Apple releases faster USB 3.0 Lightning to SD card reader for iPad Pro







    The faster USB 3.0 port hidden within the iPad Pro now has its first official accessory: A new Lightning to SD card reader that takes advantage of the next-generation port exclusive to Apple's jumbo-sized iPad.

    The new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader is now available to purchase from Apple, priced at $29. The silent hardware update arrived in Apple's online store on Tuesday.

    In the product description, Apple notes that the updated Lightning to SD card reader supports data transfer at up to USB 3 speeds on iPad Pro. The accessory is also backwards compatible, supporting USB 2 speeds on all other iPad and iPhone models.

    The card reader is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer, as well as the third-generation iPad and newer.

    Teardowns of the iPad Pro revealed last month that Apple had quietly included a USB 3.0 controller in its 12.9-inch iPad Pro. At the time Apple simply said that forthcoming adapters would take advantage of the USB 3-level speeds.

    The USB 3.0 spec can reach signaling rates of 5 Gbps, a tenfold increase in bandwidth compared to USB 2.0. A boost in data transfer speeds would be a welcome addition to Apple's iOS device lineup given each successive iPhone and iPad generation comes with an increase in processing power. Running Apple's latest A9 series SoC's, iPhone 6s and iPad Pro are capable of chewing through 4K video files in iOS 9 apps like iMovie, though the resulting file size makes exporting to a Mac or the Web somewhat of a challenge.

    Apple introduced Lightning connector in 2012 as a replacement for the aging 30-pin connector. Instead of going with an industry standard, the company opted to build its own bidirectional connector, facilitating orientation agnostic plug insertion for a better user experience.

    Apple is not averse to USB 3.0, however, as evidenced by its inclusion across the entire Mac lineup. Interestingly, Apple chose to implement USB-C with a USB 3.1-capable controller capped at 5 Gbps in the new 12-inch Retina MacBook, a protocol featuring a bidirectional plug design similar to Lightning.





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    Apple issues firmware update for iPad Pro Smart Keyboard




    Owners of Apple's Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro were issued an over-the-air firmware update for the accessory this week, utilizing the two-way data transfer capabilities of the magnetic Smart Connector.

    Users who attach a Smart Keyboard to their iPad Pro will automatically be prompted to install the update, or deal with it at a later time. Tapping "Update" begins the process with a percentage complete display.

    In all, the update process takes only a few seconds before it's complete. There are no accompanying release notes to detail exactly what the update changes or improves.







    The firmware update appears to apply to users running both iOS 9.2.1, the latest public release of iOS, as well as iOS 9.3, which is available for pre-release testing.

    The first Smart Connector firmware update arrived last month for the only other compatible accessory currently available on the market: The Logitech Create keyboard.

    The magnetic connector is capable of transmitting both power and data in both directions, which allows Apple's Smart Keyboard to be ultra-thin, and enables the Logitech Create to use power from the iPad Pro to illuminate its backlit keys.








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