Earlier this year we reported on an interesting little gadget called the i-Flashdrive which basically allowed iPhone users to transfer data from their iPhone to the accessory, which can then be transferred to a computer. This was incredibly handy for those who needed a way to transfer files but might not have their Apple cable with them. Now it seems that the folks behind i-Flashdrive are back except this time instead of transferring data from an iPhone to a flash drive, it will allow for the transfer of files between iOS and Android devices!
Basically what PhotoFast did was swap out the USB for a micro USB, allowing it to attach to basically any Android device, but unfortunately it still sports the 30-pin dock connector, meaning that iOS users would need an adapter if they are using newer iOS devices that have the Lightning port. The device will then use an app available for iOS and Android to then transfer files, such as photos and videos, between either device. Unfortunately much like the original i-Flashdrive, the newer model is just as expensive and will cost $170 for the 16GB version, $230 for the 32GB version, and a whopping $330 for the 64GB version. Ouch.
With Samsung and Apple at each other’s throats over alleged patent infringements, with both sides taking swings at each other, it is hardly a surprise that their business relationship has suffered. While it has not been confirmed, it has been often rumored that Apple is looking to distance themselves from Samsung to reduce their reliance on the South Korean tech giant, but according to recent rumors, it seems that despite Apple’s attempts to phase Samsung out of their production, Samsung is reportedly going to be involved with the production of the A8 chipset which is rumored to make an appearance in the iPhone 6.
The last we heard, Taiwan’s TSMC would be the company responsible for the manufacturing of the A8 chipset, but according to the rumors, TSMC’s involvement will only be partial, although it will be the majority. The rumor claims that Samsung will be involved for about 30-40% of the production, with TSMC presumably taking up the rest. If anything this rumor is a little odd given that earlier rumors had suggested that Samsung would be passed up on production of the A8, but would return for the A9 in 2015. Either way take it with a grain of salt for now, but it seems that despite Apple’s best efforts, they just can’t get rid of Samsung that easily.