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iStick: iOS flash drive with built in Lightning connector arrives

The first iOS flash drive with a built-in Lightning connector has been announced. Made by Hyper, the product is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign, but has already surpassed its funding target.

Called the iStick, the product follows PhotoFast’s i-FlashDrive, which is available, but without a native Lightning connecter.

The drive itself will come in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes, and in a choice of black, white, and aluminum casing. It’s expected to support MP3, MP4, M4V, MPV, MOV, MPG, MKV, AVI, WMV, RMVB, FLV, 3GP, and GIF formats, and will give users the ability to stream movies and music directly from the drive to their iPad or iPhone, even without natively supported formats.

The funding period is between May 12 and June 17 2014, with an expected shipping date of August 29 2014. The project has already smashed its funding goal of $100,000 to reach almost $300,000 at the time of writing. Retail prices are expected to range from between $129 and $399 depending on the size of the drive.