Transferring Photos from iOS Devices to Computers Made Easy with iStick


In an attempt to simplify the workflow of transferring information between your iOS device and computer, the company HYPER has created something called the iStick.

With a lightning connector on one end and a standard male USB connector on the other, the iStick acts as an easy-to-use thumb-drive that transfers photos seamlessly between your iOS device and a computer.


Compatible with both Macs and PCs, the iStick works exactly as your standard thumb-drive does, allowing you to copy/paste and drag-and-drop files easily between the two — something iOS in and of itself isn’t great at. And while it’s not meant for photographers specifically, the iStick is the perfect solution for getting your iPhone photos from one device to another for proper and efficient archiving.

Not only does it work on its own, as a thumb-drive, but because it has reached one of its stretch goals, the iStick now also offers passcode/password functionality and proper syncing between popular cloud services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.

The iStick is currently being funded via Kickstarter, and has already far surpassed its goal of $100k. Available in three colors in sizes that range from 8GB to 128GB, you can pick one up for yourself for anywhere between $80 (8GB) and $300 (128GB).

Head on over to the Kickstarter campaign to learn more or grab your own.

(via DPReview Connect)

  • Adam Cross

    isn’t the Cloud supposed to eliminate devices like these?

  • Merp

    Not at all, it’s an ease of access system, if you don’t have the internet speed it’s not exactly feasible.

  • Courtney Navey

    sure, if you’re willing to pay a subscription fee. But the advantage here is being able to share files with other consumers who are synced up to your cloud. I won’t be an early adopter but something like this would come in handy 5 days a week for me and my clients.

  • André quirion

    Wouldn’t a cheap $5-8 lightning connector to OTG cable from china and a cheap USB thumb drive works just as well ?

  • Ben Woodworth

    Why are these things always Kickstarter projects? I always get excited about stuff like this only to realize it’s a Kickstarter thing and I’ll have to wait like 3 years before I can actually buy it….

  • Renato Murakami

    Tip for everyone who would really reaaaally need something like this: Buy the camera connection kit (lightning to USB for newer models), and if your pendrive is not working directly with it, get a cheap powered USB hub (needs to be powered) and put it between the camera connection kit and your pendrive.

    This might not work all the time, but I still think it’s better than paying an expensive price for something that could take a long time to be released and will essencially lock you into the system (Apple).

    Of course, it’s far easier to just get the lightning to SD card adaptor, and use an SD card instead of a pendrive. Then you get some cheap card reader to use it with your laptop or whatever, if it doesn’t already have an SD card reader. Guaranteed to always work.
    And then there’s the fact that you can buy several SD cards to do this, no need to me limited to whatever pricy storage size they are offering with this solution which is basically a pendrive with an extra lightning port.

    There’s no strong justification for something like this Kickstarter other than a very small convenience that has too many downsides to it.

  • garbanzito

    i don’t trust this: the page is too slick, and carefully worms around the question of whether Apple has reversed its policy of not allowing copying to an external device; i have seen several articles and read the kick starter page and none address this directly

  • garbanzito

    can’t copy to sd card with connection kit; doubt you can with this thing either

  • Marcus Manchester

    So many bad puns could come from this name….

  • ColonelCockman

    Alternatively get an android device and this obnoxious and deliberate shortcoming will be nothing but a bad memory of the sad period you let Apple piss all over you while laughing.

  • sdtransfertomich

    I just use my iPhone charger cable and connect it to the PC. Am I missing something here?

  • gochugogi

    I think it’s intended to allow you to quickly upload images to computers at work or a friend’s house, not to your own computer. Obviously you can sync via Wi-Fi or USB at home.

  • sdtransfertomich

    I suppose, and I guess that might be what they intend. But $80 seems steep to perform a task at a different location when a different tool is not needed. Just pick up a second charge cable for much less, or bring the one you have with you if you find yourself doing this frequently.

  • Peter “Pots”

    A good idea that got too expensive! Too bad..ho-hum

  • Renato Murakami

    Just from, right? I’m not too shure because I’m still using my iPad 2 with iOS 5.something jailbroken… then you can do whatever you want. :P
    But yeah…. this is among the reasons why I’m out of Apple’s ecosystem.
    My current phone is Windows, and the next will probably be Android.
    Microsoft also made the choice not to support USB OTG on their devices. Add to insult, my Lumia 1020 also doesn’t have an SD card slot, so the process of backing things up and transfering are dependant on cloud, internet, directly pluging to a laptop or whatever.
    Weird they chose to go that direction… now that Android cameras caugh up with Nokia tech, I’m probably going that direction later this year or perhaps next year.

  • Corey O

    Airdrop from iOS to OSX replaces this.

  • whoopn

    Step 1: Plug device into computer
    Step 2: See new device show up and wait as it mounts this new device
    Step 3: Click on the DCIM folder
    Step 4: Profit???

  • ColonelCockman

    Great suggestion. So how do you copy FROM your iPad to said drive? And what about documents other than photos, used by apps other than Photo?

    Like TV episodes in MKV format, or music, for example.

  • Renato Murakami

    Yeah, unfortunately I think that’s only possible when you jailbreak into the system (read my reply above).
    Tell you the truth, I’m not shure how the kickstarter project would accomplish that too. Thing is: Apple locks the filesystem for external devices – which is why my iPad 2 is still on iOS 5.something… it’s jailbroken so I have this neat file manager app that allows me to copy to and from it, including tv episodes, mkv format or music.

  • Jeremiah True

    I like the idea but the price is way too high.

  • Vikram Bawa

    Seriously?? So much effort. Why not just get an android. At least workflows like these are so much easier. Sold my iphone n ipad long time back. I’m a photographer and need speed and ease of use on the fly.. not a fixed complicated eco system.

  • John

    Did all of the backers buy an apple product by mistake? Maybe they are looking for a better experience, the ‘user is empowered experience’. The android experience.

    You can do this very easily and very inexpensively on android. But if you get a crippled apple product, then you need to overpay for an unreliable kickstarter
    program to eventually produce a product? Lame.

    If you buy an apple product, you should already know you are getting a device that has been intentionally crippled by apple with the “My way or the highway!”
    apple philosophy.

    If you want a capable, powerful tablet that doesn’t treat you like a child and allows you to do industry standard things like connect a reasonably priced usb flash drive – then you should carefully shop for a premium android tablet (or get a windows

  • John

    Yeah, apple has this massive reputation for ‘ease of use’, but every time I talk to iOS users about how to do simple things, it becomes clear:

    Android is the platform to choose if you want to get things done quickly and easily.

  • John

    Not when you just want to travel and augment your tablet storage without using the cloud.

    This is the main use case, imo. Android lets you use *any* flash drive out there (the 128gb ones are getting very affordable) to augment your tablet memory via USB. Its great!

    Too bad that’s not available with apple. Except maybe through this kickstarter, if they ever produce their product.

  • John

    Many android users enjoy the freedom, flexibility, and convenience of being able to buy any off the shelf USB flash drive to augment their tablet’s storage (and make backup copies) when they travel, without the need to bring another computer, or use the cloud or use a WiDrive. USB flash drives are so tiny, light, reliable, and inexpensive.

    You can’t do this with apple devices, and it looks to me that that is the main problem this kickstarter is trying to solve.

  • John

    An even better solution is to buy an android device. I’m not trying to be snarky. It really is a better solution.

  • John

    You can get all of the functionality offered by this device – today – if you use an android device.

  • John

    This is what android users can do.

    My understanding is that Apple intentionally makes this impossible, unless someone makes a special adapter and license the rights from apple.

    Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Ben Woodworth

    Yeah, except then you’d be using an Android device…

  • John

    Its not 2009 anymore. If you want excellence, look for it in the premium android devices.

  • Guest

    Haha. You’re one of those people.

  • Ben Woodworth

    Haha. You’re one of those people, eh?

  • John

    Hahaha that gif is awesome! lol

  • John

    Okay, that’s my opinion. But this is not my opinion:

    I already own a device that lets me use a USB flash drive when I travel.

    I can buy a 128gb USB 3.0 flash drive for under $40.

    I learned over a decade ago to stay away from apple’s mobile products. You can never be sure just how its going to bite you, but if you care about excellence, empowerment, and versatility, eventually you will be frustrated by apple’s locked down standard-ignoring approach.

  • Ben Woodworth

    That’s great, man. I’m happy for you. You found a product you like. I prefer an iPhone for many reasons. I have owned multiple high-end Android devices but iOS devices are still my favorite.

  • Renato Murakami

    I’ll have to agree with you. Windows Phone user myself and I was pretty shocked at the decision of closing up the filesystem and not putting USB OTG option made by Microsoft. I really hate the way these companies tries to close up the system and shove proprietary stuff in our faces.
    Switching to Android next year probably… the scales on smartphone camera quality are turning.

  • John

    Have you been researching what you might get as your next phone?

    I have my eye on the OnePlus One and project ara. I’m interested in the FairPhone project but I just don’t have much faith in most of these kickstarter projects (unless they get backing like phoneblocks did).

  • Renato Murakami

    I’m looking mostly forward to replacing the feat that made me go Windows Phone in the first place: the camera. xD
    Got myself a Lumia 1020 and I have to say I’m still pretty impressed by it.
    Customization plus usage for photography related stuff is something I kinda want too, but are not absolute priorities right now to tell the truth.
    So, looking on DxOMark results, it’s probably Sony Xperia Z2 or Galaxy S5. Personally, I find Project Ara pretty interesting, but I don’t think the ecosystem would work much for me… I’m always switching phones and don’t think the modular thing would fit better than current standards.
    It’d be interesting to go outside the Samsung, Google, Apple and Microsoft sphere though, without sacrificing too much.