During this year’s WWDC, Apple announced its new operating system for iPads, called iPadOS – which supports the plugging in of external drives. 

At last. Apple has announced that we will finally be getting the external storage support we’ve been patiently waiting for. It was unveiled that the new operating system will give users the ability to plug in external hard drives, SD cards, and USB drives into their iPads.

This new, exciting functionality is a reflection of how Apple is starting to close the gap between a tablet and a laptop, in a big step closer to unification. The feature will increase the tablet’s work capabilities and will be particularly useful when importing photographs or copying files. Apple stated that users can simply connect a USB-C external storage device and the device will show up within the Files app.

In addition to adding the support for external storage, Apple has also upgraded the Files app. The new update devises a better way to organise your files on your iPad – giving new ways to access and manage files in a more detailed view.

According to CNET, Apple stated “iPadOS … supports external drives, allowing users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from within the Files app,” during WWDC.

As well as taking advantage of the USB Type-C port on the iPad, iPadOS also comes with split-screen mode, a slide over feature which lets you keep all of your favourite apps at the ready, an updated Safari and a tighter grid on the home screen.

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Anya Beuzeval

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