New SanDisk iXpand USB devices offer up between 16GB and 128GB external storage for data stingy iPhone and iPad devices
Apple users will be able to store even more of their much-loved photos, documents and applications on their iPhones and iPads thanks to a new release from SanDisk.
The storage company has launched a new version of its iXpand device, which provides up to 128GB extra capacity. This will be a lifeline for iOS users with relatively meagre amounts of storage.
Apple still offers 16GB versions of the iPhone and additional storage is incrementally more expensive. iPhones and iPads do not support MicroSD, a near universal external storage standard on smartphones, either.
SanDisk says that the new iXpand features a completely new design and an overhauled companion app, with data sent via a Lightning port or USB 3.0 connectivity, boosting transfer speeds to Mac and PC.
The iXpand is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, retailing at £34.99, £44.99, £59.99 and £89.99, respectively and can be bought from Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, Currys PC World & SanDisk.com.
The full list of compatible devices is as follows: iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 8.2 or later.
The release follows research conducted by SanDisk which found that a majority of iPhone users are keen for more storage on their devices to keep their media and apps.
The most recent Apple smartphone, the iPhone 6S, is available with a maximum of 128GB, meaning SanDisk’s new release will be welcome news to data-hungry customers.
“People are using their mobile phones to capture tons of photos and videos, and more than 70 percent of users transfer files off of their iPhones to another storage location,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk.
“Our line of mobile storage offerings can immediately help them free up space. With the new iXpand Flash Drive, people can spend more time using their iPhone to capture what they love, and less time worrying about how and where to transfer these photos and videos.”
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