Just when you thought it was safe to put some storage in your pocket, along comes Sandisk with a shakeup that’ll alter the way that you see flash drives. Meet the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive.

Big deal, right? It’s a flash drive, we’ve had those for a while and there’s nothing special about them aside from capacity, right? Er… wrong. Yes, the  Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive is available in several capacities, from 16GB to 128GB, but that’s not what makes them special.

What makes them special is their ability to work with certain specific devices, namely the iPad, iPhone and then any computer you care to name, by connecting directly to them to act as a storage device. The Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive comes with the usual USB connector but it also arrives with a Lightning connector, making it compatible with most of Apple’s most recent products.

Then there are the more standard features, like the ability to act as an automatic backup thanks to Sandisk’s software, stream media from the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive using the Sync app and even password protect files on your devices, with the option of password entry or Touch ID unlocking for them.

Not a bad crop of features from a flash drive. Sandisk have a few more innovative features on the way for their portable storage options but this’ll do just fine for now.

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