Apple just released the new iPad Pro 13-inch early this year. Like what it says, the new model is actually a magical piece of glass. It has the lightning-fast hardware capable of running multiple apps at once. It has pro cameras that can transform reality. You have more ways to interact with it, not only by pencil and touch, but also Magic Keyboard and trackpad. In other words, Apple steps further towards making the iPad the only tool you’ll ever need as a creative professional. However, to be a real “pro”, and a tablet capable of offering real desktop experience, you also need a USB-C hub that is compatible with multiple peripherals like HDMI displays, TVs, audio interfaces, Ethernet adapters and much more.
USB-C port had been the trend when the iPad Pro 2020 first applied it in 2018. It makes the iPad more stylish, simpler, and easier to connect with external displays, power banks, cameras, and other accessories. This time when Apple updated the iPad Pro 13-inch, you’ll be glad to find that there are two USB-C ports — one on the side of the tablet, and the other on the hinge of the Magic Keyboard. So, does that mean a USB-hub can be connected on either of the port? Sadly, no. As before, we can extend the iPad’s functions by connecting a hub on it, but the USB-C port on the Keyboard just offers for pass-through charging but not for transferring files.
That’s a good thing, on the other hand. If you have a dongle plugged in or copying something huge from devices like a drone or a camera, then you can charge up your iPad Pro at the same time thanks to the extra USB-C port on Magic Keyboard. Some peripherals do offer pass-through charging, but most of the time that can put a lot of strain on the only port of your iPad Pro.
The best USB-C hubs we’ve picked for your 2020 iPad Pro:
HyperDrive 6-in-i USB-C Hub -now $90 on Amazon
The HyperDrive 6-in-1 USB-C hub adapter is like a small brick that distributes the weight evenly and helps to reduce the strain on the port. It provides 6 ports in total: 3.5mm audio jack, USB-A, SD, Micro SD, USB-C, and HDMI. That should cover your basic needs for an adapter on the iPad Pro. Unlike many other USB-C hubs, this one was designed specifically with the iPad Pro in mind, and it still works with your Macbook and other USB-C devices as well.
Baseus iPad Pro USB-C Hub -now $50 on Amazon
Baseus iPad Pro USB-C hub would be the best choice if you want something that saves space and tucks away in the corner. The plug is sleek, and goes out at a 90-degree angle. So when you work with the USB hub, it will stay out the way, and offer you all the ports that you need at the same time, including 4K HDMI, USB-C PD charge, SD/Micro card reader, USB 3.0 and 3.5mm headphone jack. The USB-C charging port provides 60W of power, quickly charging iPad Pro while using the other ports.