The iPad Pro Has Hidden USB 3.0 Capability

The iPad Pro Has Hidden USB 3.0 Capability

Apple didn't publicize the iPad Pro having USB 3.0 capability—a new technology that transfers data 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 that's currently available via the Lightning cable. If you're a graphic designer who creates huge files, this faster speed could be handy when transferring the files to your desktop computer.

However, you won't be able to take advantage of the iPad Pro's USB 3.0 capabilities until Apple comes out with an adaptor, since the current Lightning connection doesn't have the correct number of pins. 

It wasn't until the iFixit website tore down the iPad Pro that it found what it suspected was a USB 3.0 controller. The Ars Technica website contacted Apple, and the company confirmed that the iPad Pro does have USB 3.0.

The iPad Pro Has Hidden USB 3.0 Capability

In any case, while we wait for Apple to come out with an adaptor, you can watch this amazing time-lapse video of an artist drawing on an iPad Pro using the Procreate app ($5.99).

 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.