SanDisk, now part of Western Digital, is announcing a pair of new external storage devices to expand the storage capacity of consumers’ iPhones and iPads. The iXpand Flash Drive offers up to 256GB of additional storage for easily moving photos and videos between their iPhone, iPad, and Mac or PC. It features a flexible lightning connector and a USB 3.0 connector to enhance compatibility between devices. The iXpand Flash Drive is utilized along with SanDisk’s award-winning companion app, the iXpand Drive app for iPhone and iPad. The iXpand Drive app is available through the App Store.
SanDisk’s iXpand Flash drives permits users to automatically back up their camera roll, social network sites content (including tagged photos from Instagram and Facebook), and to watch popular video formats straight from the iXpand Drive app. The drive also includes encryption software and the ability to password-protect files to enhance protection across devices. Users can also upload content for viewing from the iXpand Flash Drive to their television by using either Chromecast™ or Amazon Fire™ directly through the app. The app launches automatically when the iXpand Drive is connected to an iPhone or iPad to allow access to content and to easily manage files.
According to Dinesh Bahal, vice president for product development of Client Solutions at Western Digital, “As people continue to capture more photos and videos on their iPhones, some eventually want to move them to another storage device or back up their vulnerable digital content. Our goal is to keep up with these evolving technologies by offering mobile storage solutions that help ensure consumers can capture those perfect moments without having to worry. With these incredible new capacities, we are delivering on that goal by helping users save, share, backup and transfer content without storage limitations.”
SanDisk is also now offering a 256GB version of their SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, again enabled by utilizing a SanDisk Connect companion app, which is also available through the App Store. This allows for nearly effortless transferring and management of content between an iPhone, iPad, MAC or PC, via password-protected wireless connectivity. SanDisk’s Wireless Connect Stick can stream music, HD movies, videos and images to up to three devices at a time via the SanDisk Connect app. The app also supports streaming to large displays, such as Apple TV. The SanDisk Wireless Connect Stick features both WiFi and USB 2.0 connectivity.
The iXpand Flash drive is being offered in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. The Wireless Connect Stick is now offered in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 200GB and 256GB. The 256GB versions of both the iXpand Flash Drive and the Wireless Connect Stick are being offered at an MSRP of $279.99, and are both available through Amazon, BestBuy.com, bhphotovideo.com, and other retailers and e-tailers. For more information, you can view the product page for the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive here, and for the SanDisk Wireless Connect Stick here.