As the mobile computing growing fast, a number of tablets reported increase significant user it past decade. The apps becoming more responsive to accommodate tablet users, and accessories device is not the exception. The USB devices are getting more popular but only several tablets come with a USB port. Hence, for Apple iPad user, how to connect a USB to an iPad?
All iPad fleet, including iPad Pro and iPad Mini, don’t have a USB port. Instead, the company using its own connector that also used by iPhone. The standard USB-A size is too big for a very slim tablet, so you need a media in order to connect USB devices to your iPad.
Connect a USB to Modern iPad
For newer iPad that has a Lightning port, it’s easier to attach USB devices to it. All you need is a Lightning to USB-A Female Adapter. This cable let you connect the iPad with intended USB peripheral.
The adapter like this commonly sells as much as $10-$20 depending on brand, features, performance, warranty, durability, and quality. It doesn’t require third party app in order to communicate with iPad, just plug and play. It also works for the most iPhone handset.
Connect a USB to Older iPad
For older iPad, the method still same but you need a specific connector. Early iPad and iPhone devices adopt 30-pin dock connector for charging and transferring data. Yet, this type of connector no longer in use and replaced by Lightning connector. However, there are many 30-pin dock to female USB port available today.
Yet, this adapter is pretty rare in the mainstream online commerce. So, in case the adapter is out of stock, you can try 30-pin dock to the Lightning port, and then the Lightning connector to the female USB port.
It sounds tricky, but it probably the most feasible way currently.