I came across Pocket Drive a short time ago. What is Pocket Drive? This iOS Free (with in-App purchases) App provides a easy wireless (WiFi) connection between your iOS device and your PC or Mac. It has been developed by SIS Software out of Trzin, Slovenia.
Install the App on your iOS device and launch it. Open the Finder on a nearby Mac and you will see your iDevice listed under the Shared drives. Click on the iDevice name in the Finder window and a screen will pop up on your iDevice asking if you want to allow or reject the connection. Tapping Yes will then open the shared drive created with Pocket Drive on your Mac.
Now files can be dragged and dropped between the Finder window and your iDevice. Files dropped into the Finder window can then be opened with an App on the iDevice. This allows you to drag and drop mp3 files to listen to, or movies to watch from your computer to your iDevice. Pocket Drive supports a wide range of file types: .pages, .keynote, .numbers, .doc/.docx, .xls/.xlsx, .ppt/.pptx, .rtf, .html, .htm, .pdf, .txt, .jpg/.jpeg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .tif, .ico, .xbm, .mov, .m4v, .mp4, .mp3, and .zip.
Simple storage/transfer capability is little different from what you can get for free with Dropbox. What is different is that you can walk up to any PC or Mac with your iDevice and get connected. This gives you the freedom you would otherwise need a USB Thumb Drive for.
Having Pocket Drive installed on your iDevice will give your the functionality of a USB Thumb Drive, but will eliminate the physical connection. I installed Pocket Drive on my iPad Air2 and was rewarded with 256MB of space (though the web site for the product indicated that you get 512MB of free space). The amount of storage available is only limited by the free memory on your iDevice and how much storage you have paid for through a one-time in-App purchases:
- 4GB $1.99
- 16GB $2.99
- 23GB $3.99
- Unlimited $4.99
All-in-all I think that this will prove to be a useful App, and most likely I will purchase the expanded memory option at some point. It means that any time I have my iPhone or iPad with me, I effectively have a storage device with me as well.
- Free to try with 256MB of space
- No configuration needed
- No setup on the PC or Mac
- To get any practical use out of the App a one-time in-App purchase will be needed to increase the amount of available space
- Not too practical on 16GB iPhone
See my other iOS articles