Review: Turn Your iPad Pro into a Multiport Computer

Apple is blurring the lines between computers and iPads and that's a good thing. The newer iPad Pros use USB-C, just like the latest MacBooks. But there are so many times I need to plug in USB-A devices like keyboards, headphones, an HDMI monitor, memory cards, and more, so it puts USB-C only devices at a disadvantage. Numerous vendors have offered a variety of adapters to address this, but often they are molded to fit the form factor of a specific iPad or MacBook and that limits what you can use the adapter with, now and in the future.

Related: Buyer's Guide 2019: iPad Pro Cases, Accessories & Gear

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iAdapt

Kanex has a novel approach with its new iAdapt 6-in-1 ($99.95). I like the compact design that, despite its small size, manages to house all of the main ports necessary for modern computing, including a 4K HDMI monitor port, separate SD and microSD ports, a USB 3.0 port, a USB-C Power Delivery, and a traditional headphone jack. This makes it great for travel, especially if you still use wired headphones.

The adapter has a hybrid design that includes a 4-inch cable to give you flexibility connected to a form-fitted adapter that slides on to the corner of the iPad. There is a magnetically attached rubber insert that can be removed to accommodate the Smart Keyboard or perhaps most cases. If a case is too thick, the iAdapt does not have to be attached directly to the iPad; just leverage that short USB-C cable and let the dongle dangle!

Pros

  • Compact design houses the main ports necessary
  • 4K HDMI, SD, microSD, USB 3.0, USB-C power delivery, and audio jack
  • Accommodates Smart Keyboard Case or other cases
  • Metal, rubber, and magnetic components
  • Works with 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros and should work with future iPads and maybe USB-C iPhones

Cons

  • A bit pricey but Kanex offers a 10 percent discount on its website

Final Verdict

Thanks to its unique design, the Kanex iAdapt will work with today's 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, but could potentially work with future iPads or even iPhones, when Apple fully embraces USB-C as anticipated!

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.