The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro feature a USB-C port with a Lightning port. However, a device features a new port, does not mean anything with USB-C connector work with iPad Pro. With still limitations, USB-C makes easier connection with external displays, cameras, and other accessories.
Here’s what you can do with your new iPad Pro and its shiny new port …
The USB-C connector serve many duties, Apple’s laptops, with USB-C ports where Thunderbolt 3 ports (except on 12-inch MacBook) with bandwidth throughput, with ability driving multiple display with whole plethora connectivity off single port.
The iPad Pro does not have Thunderbolt, a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port, one drives a maximum of 10 gigabits per second, makes iPad driving a 5K monitor at 60 frames per second upon a catch.
In fact, a little asterisks with almost anything related to iPad Pro’s new USB-C.
Connect external displays
The new iPad Pro connects directly with USB-C communicates DisplayPort standard. Thus one plugs USB-C cable with iPad with external monitor with USB-C port, such as 4K LG UltraFine display. The iPad supports HDR10 output, takes full advantage of high-dynamic range available, with 27-inch LG 27UK850.
The iPad mirrors the screen and some apps where a special advantage with additional screen thus far output. Thus far, with Keynote there is a live presentation on external display and speaker’s notes of the iPad. You however can connect a TV to show your Netflix movies with big screen picture, for instance. Just aware with no flexibility connects second display to a Mac.
A little annoying fact cannot use in USB-C cable box is iPad. You need USB-cable supports ‘high-bandwidth’ connections. Thus far includes USB-C cable comes with display. If one does not have cable handy, which Apple suggests buying a Thunderbolt 3 cable from Apple Store. You get this one from Belkin for $10. Even though iPad hence forth does not support Thunderbolt, where there is cable backwards compatible with high bandwidth USB-C.
The iPad outputs 5K displays with LG 5K UltraFine displays Apple selling not compatibility. Why? With USB-C Connector there is a Thunderbolt 3 display where iPad does not support Thunderbolt. 5K USB-C displays scarce at the moment and do not have any good recommendations just yet.
If connecting a display does not have a USB-C port, like HDMI, needs some kind of dongle or adapter. The iPad Pro uses adapter output using the HDMI 2.0 spec, supporting a max resolution of 4K at 60Hz, which can theoretically output HDR10 and Dolby Vision where there are compatible adapters.
The Apple dongle with HDMI is Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter where the plug into iPad Pro USB-C port and adds a HDMI out, passes through USB-C port with power, with standard USB-A port. The Apple adapter has an output of 4K at 30Hz. You get even an USB-C to VGA adapter needing to connect old-school projectors or similar.
Charging other devices
The USB-C port with iPad Pro power connected devices up to 7.5 W charging speeds. Thus by having a USB-C to Lightning cable, plug in your iPhone charge your iPhone with iPad. Thus with having two new iPad Pros, included USB-C to USB-C cable connecting them together charging other. One iPad takes power with other at a time.
Third party USB accessories receives up to 7.5 W of power plug them in. With USB-A accessory, one can have a buy of USB-C to USB-A dongle.
With the recent release of USB-C cable with Apple Watch, charges your Apple Watch on the go, with no intermediary dongles, sipping your iPad’s beefy battery.
Import photos and videos from external storage
The iPad do not support generic external storage where one cannot plug in a USB-C flash drive with seeing the files from the Files app. With operating system limitation, many expects Apple addresses in a future software update, not possible today.
However, there are Photos app which imports photos and videos from USB storage. If happens having a bunch of photos on a USB hard drive, connects iPad with the use of Import tab with Photos app with photos and videos.
This also works with cameras. Many cameras feature USB-C or mini-USB ports. As long as you have the appropriate adapter or cable, like this $6 USB-C mini-USB cable, you can shoot with your camera and immediately connect it to the iPad to import the files and see your photos on the big screen.
The same is true for SD card import. Apple now offers its own USB-C to SD Card reader. Plug it into the iPad Pro and insert an SD card and it will enable photos and video import. It even supports fast transfers with UHS-II cards. As USB is an open standard, you can find cheaper SD card USB-C dongles if Apple’s official offerings are too pricey.
Connect hardware keyboards and wired internet
The iPad drivers has many basic types of USB accessories. iOS does not install additional drivers, but supports surprises a number of basic external devices with plug-and-play of a computer.
For instance of note, hardware keyboards work. With USB-A keyboard, one can use USB-C adapter which plug it in where the iPad detects the type away of heart’s content. Of course, Apple prefers using Bluetooth keyboards with Apple Smart Keyboard Folio.
Another thing with iPad support is Ethernet, where iPad actually use wired networking where one cannot use WiFi. With USB-C Ethernet dongle and hard-wire gigabit Ethernet thus far uses iPad Pro. The iOS Settings screen shows a new section for Ethernet, is detected.
Connect to speakers, microphones or audio MIDI devices
The iPad does not have headphone jack, where there is a use of $9 Apple USB-C to headphone jack adapter plug into wired headphones or speakers. If having USB-C headphones plug in directly and just work.
You connect audio devices such as MIDI keyboards or microphones, using USB. With some cases, there is a 7.5 watts iPad outputs over the port, which is enough with power smaller accessories, which is a need for USB-C cable. Accessories needs more power working as long as USB bus with sufficient power draw where the apps such as GarageBand communicate with MIDI accessories.
There is a way in achieving the use of Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. Ignore the HDMI output, connecting power with pass through USB-C port on the adapter where a necessary to plug standard USB port. The accessory draws more power through the USB-C charging.
Connect multi-port hubs
With USB-C bandwidth with high enough drive from multiple accessories where there is a single port, one can mix-and-match photos import, displays, microphones, etc — at the same time. With appropriate hub loaded chooses from on the market, a cheap and cheerful one is with $20 offers SD card reader, a micro-SD card reader and 3 USB-A ports. Thus far one connects the available power throughput is being limited. The Apple USB-C Digital AV Multi-port Adapter has a hub in itself, offers HDMI, power input, and a spare USB-A port with accessory connectivity.
With previous iPad where there is a possibility, always necessitates use of adapters. Dropping Lightning for USB-C with iPad to whole world peripheral which can connect directly. The extra bandwidth of USB-C enables things could not before. You connects to a 4K display where there is a camera at the same time, or a single 5K displaying at 60Hz refresh rate. 7.5 watt charging out is also brand new.