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Apple iPad 2 Can Use 5-in-1 Connection Kit Too

There’s a price to be paid when you want a device with sleek minimalism. While many other tablets on the market are trying to shoehorn a bunch of extra ports, like HDMI and card slots, the iPad 2 takes the same approach as the original. So, what do you do when you actually want that connectivity?

Well, just like the first iPad, you can invest in this 5-in-1 connection kit. In effect, the little adapter that plugs into the main dock connector in the bottom of the iPad combines the Apple Digital AV Adapter with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. Combined, these two adapters cost about $70, but the 5-in-1 is only $45. And it’s just more convenient having one adapter instead of two.

So, what does the 5-in-1 entail? You get a single 3.5mm jack for AV out (only standard def, though, so you need the Apple version if you want 720p via HDMI), an SD card slot, a microSD card slot, a microUSB port for charging and computer connections, and a USB connection for cameras and keyboards.

[GizMag via USBFever]

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  1. Sendit2myinbox

    Save yourself the trouble and get a real tablet with multiple inputs. Why buyers put up with inferior Apple products and then spend extra money on the add-ons when they could of bought a product with freakin inputs to begin with. I don’t get accepting all the limitations.

    • Unfortunately, when it comes to audio and music production, there is no way ipads or iOS are inferior. They are far superior, even just in terms of latency, and apart from the fact that app developers make ALL the best creative apps for iOS. That’s where the money is, so that is why.
      But yes, it would be damn nice if we had ports and ins and outs.

      That’s why we “put up” with apple. There is just no contest.
      If you want to make / produce music, or do most creative things, you go apple. No question.

  2. Would anyone like a future without wires and ports?

  3. Does that mean Ican plug in my external (ordinary) USB memory stick? If not please explain why not?
    Bob

    • My understanding is that the iPad doesn’t transmit enough power through the USB port to power a USB memory stick, but I may be mistaken.

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