One of the major problems of Apple’s iOS devices, such as iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, is the lack of support of memory cards. As a result, it is hard to keep a media library on devices. Fortunately, PQI Group, a leading maker of DRAM- and NAND flash-based products, has introduced its Gmobi iStick, the world’s first flash drive with both Lightning and USB 2.0 interfaces.
PQI Gmobi iStick storage drives feature 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and are compatible with all the devices with the Lightning connector, including iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices. The Gmobi iStick sports a user-friendly slide switch design: one end is the Lightning interface that allows you to upload or backup data from an iOS-based device, and the other end is a standard USB transmission interface that can be connected to a Mac, PC, or tablet computer. Since the Gmobi iStick features USB 2.0 interface with 480Mb/s maximum transfer rate, it is likely that this is also the data rate supported by its Lightning connector.
The Gmobi iStick requires a special app to function. The Gmobi iStick application can back up documents, photos, videos, music and contact lists. IT can also open files created by other applications and playback media files in various formats from the drive itself.
“We know that iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users often worry about a lack of storage capacity,” said Gorden Huang, gobal operations vice president at PQI. “Backups to computers and cloud services can be overly complicated and poses potential security risks, which causes users to constantly have a high risk of losing their data because they’re not backing up regularly. The PQI Gmobi iStick enables iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to instantly expand their device’s storage capacity and easily backup important files.”
PQI claims that its iStick is the first licensed and quality assured storage peripheral to have passed Apple's rigorous testing standards and user-oriented design requirements.
At present PQI’s Gmobi iStick does not have a lot of rivals. Although several makers of external hard disk drives with built-in Wi-Fi module allow to connect to the iOS devices using a special application, the HDDs are bulky and pretty slow because of wireless interconnection.
PQI did not reveal pricing of the Gmobi iStick devices.