iStick is currently seeking crowdfunding on Kickstarter and from the looks if it, this is going to be one of the most successful projects on the website, as it has already managed to raise almost $400,000 of the initial $100,000 goal, and there are still 33 days to go. iStick is a small USB flash drive and what makes it special is that it comes with an integrated Apple lightning connector and can be used with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well.
We all have used a USB flash drive at least once in our lives. They are great for transferring large files between computers, require minimal setup and the transfer speed is much faster than the fastest Cloud storage. It doesn’t require the Internet to work and your data is never sent through 3rd party servers. The USB flash drive is great but it doesn’t work with your favorite Apple iDevices. Until now.
So, by using the iStick, you can easily, quickly and safely move data between your computers, but also iOS devices, without having to use iTunes or other online services. You might think that Apple could disagree with such a device, but the iStick is Apple MFi certified to work with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Thus, you can easily transfer music from the computer to an iOS device or even playback directly from the iStick. This is an awesome device for those who have long dealt with annoying iTunes synchronization or paid streaming services.
You can use the iStick to quickly free up space on your iPhone or iPad by backing up all your photos, videos and files. And for those of you who love to watch movies on your iPad, you can now easily stream tons of movies directly from the iStick and thanks to the iStick app which features a hardware accelerated video decoder supporting a wide variety of non-iOS native video formats MP4, MPV, MOV, MKV, AVIand others.
So, we can see why the iStick is quite a big deal, as not only does it act as an universal storage devie, but you can also use it as a music and movie player, photo and document viewer (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, PDF, iWork) and even as a way to backup and restore your iDevice contacts. It comes in 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB capacity models and is compatible with iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad Air, iPod touch (5th Generation). The cheapest version that you can currently buy on Kickstarter is the 8GB model for $79, which is still $50 off the retail price of $129.