iPad Pro has a lightning-fast USB 3.0 connector

Apple’s new iPad Pro has a hidden feature the company didn’t widely publicize: a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning connector. An iFixit teardown earlier this week revealed the compatible components hinting at USB 3.0 capabilities, but Ars Technica reports today that Apple has confirmed its ultra-large iPad supports ultra-fast data transfer speeds.

The jump is notable because previous iPads have relied on the older USB 2.0 standard, which has a theoretical maximum throughput of 480Mbps (or about 60MB per second). USB 3.0, on the other hand, supports speeds up to ten times faster, all the way up to 5Gbps or 625MB per second. For artist types in graphic design, photography, or video — one of the main, perhaps even only, target markets for the…

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