The choice of an iPhone or iPad often boils down to price versus capacity and we tend to err on the low side of capacity. As a result, it is not uncommon to run out of memory especially if you are on vacation taking lots of pictures. The folks at Leef have come up a solution to this problem with its iBridge, a device that provides extra storage for iOS devices.
Leef’s iBridge is a simple piece of technology; it’s really just a flash drive capable of plugging into your PC or Mac and the Lightning port of your iDevice. The iBridge can add from 16GB to 256GB to your device’s storage capacity depending on which model you purchase. Here are the specs:
16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Hi-speed USB 2.0 & Apple Lightning
TPE Plastic, silicon and aluminum
63 x 19 x 18mm
OS: iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10 / Device: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad PRO, iPad Air/Air 2, iPad mini 1/2/3/4, iPad with Retina display, iPad (4th gen).
.mp4, .m4v, .mpv, .mov, .mpg, .mkv, .wmv, .flv, .3gp, .gif, .avi
.wav, .aac, .aif, .aiff, .caf, .m4a, .mp3
NOTE: Apple does not allow iTunes DRM audio & video files to be played on external apps
.jpg, .tiff, .gif, .png
doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .ics
The iBridge plugs into the lightning port of your device and avoids the awkward projection by curving around the back of it. I found the iPhone comfortable t hold and it worked with my fairly thick leather case. I found it did not fit over the leather case on my iPad 4 Mini and I had to remove the case to use it. The first time you plug it in you are prompted to download the Leef app. You can take pictures directly through the app, for example, which are automatically stored on the stick, or you can choose to transfer images to or from your Photos library on the Apple device. You can also transfer any compatible files back and forth, including video from a computer.
I have used the video transfer function a lot. I was able to view movies and TV shows ripped from a DVD and I was surprised at the variety of files it played. In addition to Apple compatible MP4 files I was also able to playAVI and MKV movies. A great option for those long flights when the onboard selection is not your taste. You do have to remember though that it will not play DRM protected files so you you can’t expect to play iTunes videos you may have downloaded to your computer.
The Leef iBridge is available in stores across Canada, or online. While the price is a bit steep at $79.99 to $229.99 it is a worthwhile investment if you take a lot of pictures or if like me you want to pick your own entertainment on those long flights. You get a lot of storage in a small portable package. It would make a great stocking stuffer