i-FlashDrive transfers files between iOS and Mac or PC

The PhotoFast device comes with auto-file backup functionality

Apple accessory manufacturer PhotoFast Global on Tuesday announced a new flash drive that can transfer files between Apple iOS products, such as the iPhone and iPad, and OS X products.

PhotoFast's new flash drive, the i-FlashDrive, comes in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities and sports a USB connector on one end and an Apple 30-pin connector on the other. The drive is expected to ship in July.

The iFlashDrive
The i-FlashDrive connected to an iPhone

The drive measures 2-in. x .80-in. x 3.6-in. in size. It is compatible with iOS 4.2 or above, Windows XP, Windows 7, Linux and Mac OS X. The device includes file management, music play features and contact backup.

"With built-in contact backup, importing photos from camera roll, we can always keep a copy somewhere else. Just in case the iOS device might get lost some day," PhotoFast said in a statement. "The new features from iCloud API will be included in later updates of the App, making all sorts of storage possible."

The i-FlashDrive also comes with an automatic prompt feature when it connects to iOS devices.

The i-FlashDrive
The i-FlashDrive connected to MacBook Pro

PhotoFast is targeting the device for use when there are no networks available, such as on an airplane, in a place where there's no wireless signal, or when no Mac computer or PC is available to make a file transfer directly.

The i-FlashDrive has a retail price of $95 for the 8GB model, $115 for the 16GB model and $185 for the 32GB model.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com.

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