What USB-C devices work with iPad Pro and what don't?


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The brand new iPad Pro (2018) models& every function a USB-C port for the primary time, however what does that imply precisely? What are you able to hook up with the brand new iPads? What cannot you join? And how are you going to get probably the most out of alternative to the Lightning port?

What you possibly can join

The transfer to USB-C ought to open up a heap of prospects on what now you can hook up with your iPad Professional. It is nonetheless early days when it comes to producer help however this is what we all know you possibly can join, by both having tried it ourselves or getting the official thumbs up from system makers.

Cost your iPhone

That is proper, for those who've acquired a USB-C to Lightning cable you possibly can cost your iPhone straight from the iPad, serving to you prime it up for those who're operating low on battery.

You will have that devoted cable to do it, however the excellent news is that if you aren't utilizing the cable to hook up with the iPad, you'll be able to profit (when you're utilizing the iPhone eight or above) from quick charging utilizing both a MacBook or the iPad Professional's charging plug.

USB-C SD card reader

Any USB-C card readers will work and offer you entry to photographs and video saved on a card via the iPad Professional. The catch is that all the things should be imported into your Digital camera Roll first. You'll be able to't bypass this even in case you are utilizing apps like Lightroom CC.

USB-C and USB thumb drives

Opposite to studies that thumb drives can't be plugged in, you possibly can if they're USB-C or by way of a USB-C adapter. Nevertheless, you will solely give you the option entry pictures or video slightly than work information. And people photographs and movies should be in a folder construction that mirrors an SD card. So, for Canon customers, for instance, that can be one thing like DCIM/100CANON.

Shows and screens

You'll join the iPad Professional to a USB-C prepared monitor or show to both mirror the app you're utilizing or, in some apps, see a dual-view with totally different info. App builders should add dual-view help and at present there is not an inventory of apps providing this. We have up to now seen a video modifying app that lets you see the output on the show and the controls on the iPad.

We might like to see dual-view come to photograph modifying and drawing apps, whereby you possibly can see a zoomed in view on the iPad however the full picture on the exterior show to save lots of you having to zoom out and in on a regular basis.

HDMI shows or TVs

Apple sells an iPad to HDMI display or TV adapter permitting you to shortly output to a TV for a presentation or watch a film. Apple's personal adapter can output video from iPad Professional at as much as 4K decision and 30Hz.


There isn't a three.5 headphone jack on the iPad Professional (2018) fashions so, if you wish to join a pair of wired headphones, you will have to get a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter.


You should not have any drawback connecting a USB keyboard to your iPad Professional even in case you are utilizing a Lightning connector to USB-C cable, or an ordinary USB keyboard by means of a USB-A to USB-C adapter.

Hubs and docks

Hubs aren't an issue both and there are already a lot available on the market that provide a stack of connections in a single unit.

The HyperDrive USB-C Hub, for instance, connects on to the brand new 2018 iPad Professional so as to add six new ports: 4K HDMI, 35mm Audio Jack, SD, Micro SD, USB-A three.zero and USB-C Energy Supply. Anker gives a 7-in-1 hub that comes with 60W Energy Supply, 4K USB C to HDMI Output, MicroSD/SD Card Reader, and three USB three.zero Ports.

USB MIDI units

MIDI units like musical keyboards will work so long as you have got an app to utilize the enter. We have not with the ability to join a USB microphone by way of a USB-C adapter as but although.


You've got in all probability all the time seen the iPad as a wi-fi system, however that modifications with the iPad Professional (2018) fashions. Utilizing a USB-C Ethernet adapter now you can join the iPad Professional to the web by way of a 10Gigbit connection slightly than having to rely solely on Wi-Fi.

Apple Watch

Like your iPhone, Apple provides the power to cost your Apple Watch by way of a devoted& Apple Watch Magnetic Charger to USB-C Cable.&

Nintendo Change

Remarkably, you'll be able to cost a Change console from the iPad, however it's a must to ensure you plug the USB-C to USB-C cable into the Change first. Doing so will drain energy from the iPad to the console.

In the event you plug the cable into the iPad first you will find yourself charging your iPad from the Change as an alternative. All you need to do is determine whether or not Mario or work is extra essential.&

What you'll be able to't join

Whereas there are a couple of units you possibly can hook up with the brand new iPad Professional tablets there are many USB-C enabled units you'll be able to't. Listed here are those we find out about thus far.&

USB-C and USB thumb drives (half 2)

As we have said above, you possibly can entry thumbsticks to see pictures and movies however, in the mean time, you possibly can't see anything as a result of Apple does not supply file listing entry by means of the Information app. So, no handing somebody a Phrase doc on a thumb drive hoping it should work.

USB-C arduous drives

As with the thumb drives, these do not work. Apple informed Pocket-lint that it might change although if onerous drive producers present apps that might permit entry. You're nonetheless going to be restricted in what you possibly can and may't do, nevertheless.


Printers do not work both from what we have seen. If you wish to print one thing with the iPad Professional you will should do it wirelessly.