The iPhone 15 is of course the first iPhone to come with a USB-C port for both data and charging use. That means that you can plug a plethora of USB-C things into it, including flash drives. But what if you need to go between a USB-C iPhone and one equipped with a Lightning port? Or an iPad, for that matter?
For those times, there's the SanDisk Phone Drive, a device that has both USB-C and Lightning connectors built right into it. It's also a great option for people who have an iPhone 14 now, for example, but might want to upgrade later. No need to buy a new USB stick here!
The new drive has more about it than just a couple of connectors, of course. And it's going to be available to buy soon.
A USB drive, for your phone
When we say soon, we mean that it's technically available now but you're going to have to wait a few weeks for it to arrive. The Phone Drive is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB configurations with prices ranging from $33.99 to $59.99.
In terms of features, the main thing going for this little guy is probably its size and yes, those two connection options. It's the perfect way to take data from, say, a Mac and put it on an iPhone or vice-versa. That's particularly handy when you're dealing with huge video files but don't want to rely on something like AirDrop, for example. AirDrop is pretty great, but it can still be finicky and there's something to be said for a good old-fashioned hardware solution to these things.
This being a standard USB drive you can also use it on other devices, too. That means that Windows devices are good to go, and you'll get USB 3.2 Gen 1 transfer speeds if the device in question supports it. That means you're going to need Apple's best iPhone, the iPhone 15 Pro to get the best transfer speeds.
You can learn more about the SanDisk Phone drive, and buy it, on the company's website right now.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.