Jul 22, 2014 — by: Mark Reschke
Categories: iOS, iOS Applications, OS X, Products, Review

IstickIf you haven't used Airdrop before, you don't know what a great wireless technology you've got on your Mac or iOS device. Having lost my Age of Empires disc, I simply used Airdrop to copy it to another Mac, drug it into the Applications folder, and the game launched without a hitch. Sending a few photos to other iOS devices on a local network has also become chore-less. But try Airdrop between OS X and iOS and it's DOA. Airdrop does not work between OS X and iOS devices, not until this fall anyway, but until then a little invention called iStick solves the problem.

iStick is a simple device. It contains a male USB on one side, with Apple's male lightening connection on the other. The device is such a simple yet powerful addition in a digital workflow, it falls into the category of "Why didn't I think of that?". Well, Sanho Corporation did, and iStick plans to be shipping in full production in late August. 

For strictly Apple users of both mobile and desktop solutions, iStick will likely mean very little, as Airdrop will act as a quicker, if not more elegant solution to move large files. However, many Apps do not yet take advantage of Airdrop, and moving files to Windows PC's will likely still be an issue for the foreseeable future. For those in a mixed environment of hardware and OS's, iStick is a must-have companion.

iStick may be small, but it's pricing is certainly not. The device will set buyers back $79 for an 8GB solution ($65 if you pre-order via their early bird special). The largest storage version comes in at 128GB, and will run $299 after the introductory pricing.

iStick is a Kickstarter program, and more information can be found here.

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