Kingston Enters iOS Wireless Storage Market with Wi-Drive

Basically, the Wi-Drive acts like an 802.11g/n wireless file server with a configurable access point name and security settings.

Seagate went there earlier this month with its GoFlex Satellite, and now Kingston is stepping forth with its own new wireless storage device specifically for iOS devices.

Kingston on June 2 introduced its Wi-Drive portable storage drive for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The NAND flash-based Wi-Drive is small enough to fit into a shirt pocket; it gives users a choice of 16GB or 32GB worth of capacity.

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However, it stands apart from Seagate's product, which also is pocket-sized (but thicker, so don't try and stuff it into a shirt pocket unless you want to bust some seams) and carries much more storage (500GB).

The Wi-Drive's purpose is simple: It enables users to carry around more data and exchange files with other iOS device owners using its wireless connection. Basically, the Wi-Drive acts like an 802.11g/n wireless file server with a configurable access point name and security settings.

Users will need to download a free Wi-Drive application from the Apple App Store to use the drive. It can also be connected to other personal computers with its USB connector.

The Wi-Drive features a rechargeable battery that Kingston claims gets up to four hours of continuous use. The device also supports most major audio, video, image and document file formats.

The Wi-Drive will be available at the end of June, Kingston said. The 16GB version will be priced at $130; the 32GB at $175.

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