Apple refreshed its iPad Pro series last year, making longtime loyalists very happy. At the same time, however, Apple managed to upset some of them by letting go of its proprietary connector and replacing it with a USB Type-C power port.
Those who loved their proprietary connector may just have a substitute they can use on the 11″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro models – the Kanex. The USB Type-C Hub can bring back the utility of the iPad Pro proprietary connector. An early buy special pre-order price $99.95 through Bhphotovideo.com for a limited number units.
The Kanex Premium USB Type-C Hub turns your compatible iPad Pro into a portable workstation, it connects using an integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C cable which not only transfers data between the hub and iPad Pro at speeds up to 5 Gb/s but also supports the DisplayPort 1.2 standard. Other ports include a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port which supports device charging, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, a 3.5mm jack, and an HDMI port that supports video up to 4K with HDCP content protection.
This Kanex Premium USB Type-C Hub also works with the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio. It comes with a dedicated UHS-I SDXC and microSDXC card slots, users will be able to download content from their SD-compatible devices to their iPad Pro using this hub.
Kanex Premium USB Type-C Hub Specifications
USB: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Display: 1 x HDMI
Audio: 1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
Memory Card Slots: 1 x SDXC (UHS-I [104 MB/s])
Supports 4K Video Output
Supports HDCP 2.2 and 1.4
Integrated USB Type-C Cable
Dimensions: 83 x 36 x 19.3 mm
Weight: 57.5 g