CES is always a great way to kick off the new year in technology laden style, with 2015 being no different. We’ve already witnessed a number of new and unique accessories for smartphones, and now, thanks to Hyper, we can also add the iStick Pro to that growing list of exciting products that will be available to consumers during 2015.
Hyper, the company behind the original iStick that raised over $1.1 million through crowdfunding website Kickstarter, is back with the next-generation of the well received and extremely handy little accessory. It can sometimes be difficult to take an extremely functional product that satisfies its user base and improve upon it as part of the next iteration. However, that’s exactly what has been achieved with the iStick Pro thanks to some intelligent design and some even more intelligent precision engineering and manufacturing work. By pretty much reinventing the standard USB port Hyper has been able to extend the capabilities of the iStick Pro to offer maximum compatibility with a range of smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Like the original iStick, the Pro version will contain a Lightning and standard USB connections for use with Apple’s modern iPhone and iPads as well as most computers and laptops. In addition to those connections Hyper has also improved upon the standard USB connector by integrating a pop-out micro USB connection that will offer compatibility with a whole host of Android powered smartphones and tablets. Consumers will be able to download the accompanying iStick app for iOS and Android entirely free-of-charge and will have the choice of purchasing the accessory with 16, 32, 64 or 128GB of internal storage.
For those that want additional external storage for storing things like photos, videos, documents or audio tracks, the iStick Pro is almost perfect but comes with a little trade-off. Due to restrictions within Apple’s iOS platform users are required to use the free native iStick app to transfer and view files. If you can handle accessing this type of content through a third-party app then this could be the perfect and extremely lightweight solution. The iStick Pro will be available for purchase in March with no official pricing details available just yet.
But the big question is: will you buy one?