One enthusiast has so far been able to connect an Iomega Zip drive and even an Amazon Kindle to his iPhone running iOS 13 and access them through the much-improved Files app. But how about connecting some really olds stuff to an iPhone or iPad, like a floppy drive?
But will it work?
Connecting a Sony PlayStation PSP handheld console to an iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 beta 2 would amount to nothing, but it now works in beta 3 — you can use the Files interface to do things like browse the console’s file hierarchy, as well as copy or side-load music, videos and more. His video also shows connecting an iPhone to a Casio graphing calculator.
Be sure to give the clip embedded right ahead a quick watch.
Mind you, Sony PSP is a handheld from last decade.
Of course, Apple isn’t manually implementing support for outdated hardware. By adopting USB mass storage support, iOS 13 can now work with any external device that supports the protocol as long as you have the right cable or adapter to connect it to your iPhone or iPad.
Here’s connecting a good ol’ floppy drive to Niles’s iPhone.
On iPad, the Files app includes a few additional features that are unsupported on iPhone and iPod touch, including a very useful Column view and handy Quick Actions that let you do things like rotate a photo or video, create a multi-page PDF and more with just a tap.
As I said before, the Files app is probably the number one productivity boost in iOS 13. Bringing support for external drives and the SMB protocol changes your workflow dramatically. With iOS 13, you’ll be able to manage files on external drives or SMB network servers, use your iPhone as a portable hard drive, import images from a DSLR camera directly into apps like Lightroom and more.
I’m really excited for the Files app and on iOS 13 can’t wait to see what new on-the-go use cases it enables.
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