How hard could this be? You want to move files to and from the iPhone and for years Apple has been going out of their way to be difficult about it. With Apple, it has been damn difficult in the past. Apple used to offer a adapter that would plug into the iPad/iPhone and allow the reading of camera flash cards. Then Apple got pissy about people using the port with USB devices and cut the power available to the port which killed using it for most of the flash cards at the time.
When Apple brought out the lighting port, they released a lighting to SD flash card adapter for over 30 US dollars. For a company known for innovation, they really didn’t help the consumer very much in this aspect. I’ve used software apps to wirelessly transfer pictures back and forth but it is always a hassle to make sure you have Wifi and to make sure the app is on the iPad/iPhone and the computer along with the pictures you want to transfer. I missed the days of just having a USB port and thumb drive like I had on my MBP and PCs.
Enter the current crop of adapters like the iReader. The iReader is just one name of many for the same Chinese device. It is a USB to Lighting to MicroSD to SD Flash adapter. This means it works on the Android devices and Apple devices and any PC with a USB port.
The iReader and it’s brothers offer a USB port, Lighting adapter, USB C to USB, MicroSD and SD Flash card ports. The device unlike the Apple SD adapter, does not have a flexible cable and plugs straight into the USB or Lighting port
This brings me to one of the design flaws of this unit. The MicroSD card slot allows the card to stick out about half way. When you are using the MicroSD cards, your first impulse given how small they are is to just leave the card slotted in place and drop the whole unit into your pocket between uses. In my case as you can see below, I managed to break the MicroSD card in half in my pocket. The USB and Lighting ports each have plastic covers to help protect them but the SD and the MicroSD both stick out. So now you are stuck with either risking break the card or losing it given how small the damn thing is.
Now on to some of the positives about the iReader and it’s clones. It works with the iPhone and the iPad. And most Android phones and tablets. But you need to use their software called iDiskk Pro. Here is a screen shot of the iPad version showing the entire camera roll. The iDiskk Pro shows all the folders and single images
While the app works well enough on the iPhone, it really shines on the bigger tablet. Here is the folder listing on the iPhone. It’s very usable but small.
You use the app to pull or put files onto the device or flash card. This is handy when you shoot with the DSLR that can write JPEGs along with RAW files. You can copy off some of the keeper files in their JPEG format and do a fast edit on the iPad using iOS Lightroom for example.
This image was taken with my Olympus semi-DSLR and saved as a JPEG on the 32Gb SD flash card. I loaded up the image from the flashcard using the iReader onto my iPad Air and then used Lightroom to edit the image then save it out for an Instagram posting. I will say that I don’t edit with my finger as a stylus, I use an Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point stylus which is a killer addition for any tablet editing. It has nice feel, very precise handling and is under 30 dollars at a variety of stores.
Instead of dragging around the laptop, all I needed was the iReader and my iPad. Pretty sweet for travel photography. You don’t need to compromise on what equipment you shoot with and you can still get out some fast edits that look good for social media. while traveling very light.
The iDiskk Pro also has built in hooks for sharing directly from the app to various social media sites. You can have a passcode for folder access and you can encrypt the files. All in all, it is not a bad application given the cost of being FREE!~
You can download the manual here and I would suggest it. While most of the app is easy to work out, a few minutes of reading will save you a fair bit of fiddling around.