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Summary

In 2010, Apple Inc. has released iPad, a combination of iPhone and iMac. All iPads can connect via Wi-Fi and some models also have cellular connectivity. It runs the iOS operating system, with 8 capacity options provided. Yet, some iPad users need to add a SD card in daily life. In this essay, we will talk about how to read SD card on iPad.



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iPad runs the iOS operating system, shipped with the 1GHz+ processor. It supports multi-touch on the screen and all 64-bit apps in App Store. It is easy to see that it is a powerful device.

So far, iPad is provided with 8 capacity options, namely 8G, 16G, 32G, 64G, 128G, 256G, 512G and 1T. Once the iPad capacity is not enough but you don’t want to exchange a new one, you can enlarge the capacity with a SD card.

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How to Read SD Card on iPad?
Apple’s Lighting to SD card Reader accessory allows users to transfer photos and videos from other devices to iOS products. After you insert a SD card into the reader, your iPad or iPhone automatically opens the app Photos, which imports your photos into Moments, Collections, and Years.

The Lightning to SD Card Reader supports standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW, along with SD and HD video formats, including H.264 and MPEG-4. It supports data transfer at up to USB 3.0 speeds on the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and up to USB 2.0 speeds on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and all other iPad and iPhone models.

However, please note that this accessory only supports iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models with iOS 9.0 or later versions. It is sold at USD$29.00.

use apple lighting to sd card reader to connect ipad
Next, we use this accessory to measure how fast it transfers a 1.8GB video. We take two SD cards, HAMA and PNY in this test.
Transfer time in iPhone 6sTransfer time in iPad ProTransfer speed in iPhone 6sTransfer speed in iPad Pro
HAMA125 s125 s15 Mbit/s15 Mbit/s
PNY71 s42 s26 Mbit/s45 Mbit/s
Besides, in the test, we find that the file name determines whether it can be recognized by the Reader. No matter folder and files, they should be named with 3 characters and 4 numbers, like aaa_1234.JPG and bbb_5678.MOV. “XXX_YYYY” is the necessary format model.

Within these 8 digits, the characters and numbers can be set freely. If you don’t follow this format, such as naming a file as “ds_1235.jpg”, the photos on the SD card cannot be recognized on iPad.

Pros: Quick, easy to use.

Cons: Expensive, only allowed to import photos and videos to an iOS device and view on the device.

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1. Use a card reader to connect the target SD card to the computer. Then, open Renee Undeleter and select [Fast Partition Scan].
select the function fast partition scan in renee undeleter
2. Select the target SD card and click [Next]. Then, select a way to scan, [Fast Scan] or [Deep Scan].
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3. Wait for scanning patiently. The scanning time depends on the SD card capacity. If the capacity is large, the scan process will be time-consuming. After that, click [Recover] to save the target files.
select the target files to recover in fast partition scan
Part 3: How to Select a Card Reader?
Card reader is a frequently-used digital accessory. The quality determines the security safety. Therefore, it is important to select a suitable card reader. What should we consider except the package and the outer coating?

Step 1: Check Slot

Although we cannot see the control chip, we can check if the slot can hold a SD card too tightly or too loosely.

What’s more, you should pay attention whether it allows the SD card to turn upside down. If the SD card can be read in such situation, the anti-flippable design is not perfect.

Step 2: Check Compatibility

In fact, most of card readers cannot work in all devices that are marked on the package. You should use your own SD card to test the product.

If you don’t test as you are buying a card reader, you should confirm the warranty and post services. Then, you can exchange another one if it is not suitable.

Step 3: Test Speed

The test result will tell whether a SD card reader can help SD card to be read and write data quickly.

First, you should prepare a SD card that saves 1GB files. Then, use a card reader to connect the SD card to the computer and copy all files from the card to the computer. After that, save them to the card again and mark these two copying times. Finally, divide the total file size by the copying time. If the writing speed and the reading speed can reach to 80% of the official values of the SD card, the SD card reader is qualified.