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Wireless Drive Gives iOS Hardware New Life as Storage Drives

October 04, 2012

Wireless Drive Gives iOS Hardware New Life as Storage Drives

By Steve Anderson
Contributing TMCnet Writer

One of the great things about iOS gear – iPhones, iPads and even iPods on some level – is their sheer versatility. It's not hard to think of a dozen different things to do with any one of them.

But recently, Eightythree Technology brought out another great thing to do with iOS hardware thanks to its new Wireless Drive app: turning iOS gear into a very portable – and very versatile – flash drive.

Of course, iOS hardware has always had storage and playback capabilities. But what Wireless Drive does is it sort of opens up that storage capability.

Under normal conditions, Apple (News - Alert) gear stores file types within the individual apps themselves. Wireless Drive, meanwhile, allows files to be easily transferred – by Wi-Fi to either Mac or PC – and to be either viewed or edited directly on the device itself with a wide array of in-app utilities. It can even work with iCloud and Dropbox to enhance the storage capability and take advantage of some cloud-based technology to step up the utility further.

Wireless Drive handles a variety of different classes of files, from audio and video to images and plain text. It also handles a variety of file types within each of those classes. For instance, the video side of things can handle MP4, MOV, MPV and M4V files, while audio can handle a range from MP3 clear through to AAC.

Wireless Drive even includes a voice recorder, a text editor and a document viewer, supporting, once again, a wide range of document classes from Microsoft (News - Alert) Word to HTML.

Wireless Drive is currently available on the Apple App Store for just $0.99, which is, based on the listing from the App Store itself, a special sale designed to celebrate its new release.

The sheer versatility of this is going to give iOS hardware a lot more credibility and value. Granted, it wasn't exactly hurting for either, but being able to work with a wide array of media types in one program on one device is definitely a boost to versatility. Of course, there's still the inherent problem of typing on a tablet to deal with, but the proper peripheral should be able to settle that with relative ease.

Wireless Drive looks like it's going to be a terrific solution for a lot of issues as far as iOS users go, lending boosts to productivity and entertainment alike.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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