Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit, iFile and Flash Drive = You have access to all your USB Drive Files (NICE HACK)
As you may have heard Apple has an accessory for the iPad called Camera Connection Kit for connecting the camera or SD-card and importing pictures directly into the photo album.
I have purchased this Camera Connection Kit for my wife to make her life easier for the pictures / camera import options and of course to use the USB connector to see what I can do with it.
While playing around with this kit I have found an interesting feature which allows you to use the USB connector for the USB Flash Drives / USB Sticks to import any type of documents or files into the iPad and pretty much have access to the entire content of the USB flash drive that is plugged into the Camera Connection Kit via USB.
As we all know Apple Camera Connection Kit only supports the camera when connected via USB.But that’s not entirely true?
I have decided to connect a regular “Cruzer Micro 4GB” USB Stick / Flash Drive into it and as expected iPad did NOT take it: and came up with an error stating “The attached USB device is not supported.”
I have the iFile application installed on my iPad (I have it on all my iDevices, I love iFile) and that’s what helped me find this feature / hole.
All you have to do is plug in any USB Flash Drive / USB Stick into your iPad using the Camera Connections Kit (USB Connector), you will get a message stating”The attached USB device is not supported.” don’t worry about it, go ahead and press the DISMISS button…
Now open iFile and navigate to this directory var/mnt/mount1 / you should now be able to view and save all the contents of your USB drive, including audio, photos, text and video files directly on your iPad!
As you can see in the screenshot below I have some .ini and .dll files which you will never find in any iPads or iPhones.
You can open virtually any files you have on your plugged in USB Flash drive and save them into your iPad. Any/ALL image files when saved go directly into the Camera Roll so you can find them in there once you save them.