photofast 1 PhotoFast has unusual Apple accessories

At last year's Computex, PhotoFast showed off some prototypes and mock-ups of its first Apple accessories and although the company back then was focused on SSDs, it's now shifting over to do more and more Apple accessories. The difference between PhotoFast and the other 10 million or so companies that make Apple accessories is that PhotoFast is really thinking outside the box.

At last year's Computex, PhotoFast showed off some prototypes and mock-ups of its first Apple accessories and although the company back then was focused on SSDs, it's now shifting over to do more and more Apple accessories. The difference between PhotoFast and the other 10 million or so companies that make Apple accessories is that PhotoFast is really thinking outside the box.

The most interesting of the new products shown at Computex is the i-FlashDrive, a fairly simple device that neatly ties up with PhotoFast's past as a memory card maker. Available in capacities from 4 to 32GB, the i-FlashDrive has a USB port in one end and an Apple dock connector in the other end.

photofast 1 PhotoFast has unusual Apple accessories

It requires an App to be installed on the Apple device you want to use it with, but according to the person we spoke to at PhotoFast, this is already available in the App store. So what does the i-FlashDrive do? Well, it's a USB Flash drive, but with a twist, as it's as far as we're aware, the first external storage device that works with Apple's line of iPod's, iPhone's and iPad's. It can be used for transferring data to and from the internal storage of the device and it can also backup your contacts.

It's somewhat limited to which data that can be accessed on the devices, as it won't access any kind of secure content. Apparently it's possible to copy MP3 files using it though, as well as photos and what we'd guess would be user recorded video. On the USB end it works with pretty much any computer with a USB port. The 32GB version is expected to hit retail with a US$140 price tag.

photofast 2 PhotoFast has unusual Apple accessories

Next up we have a peculiar device, the GDock power, which at first inspection appears to be a fairly chunky iPhone dock. However, around the back it has a regular mini USB port rather than an Apple dock connector, but this isn't what makes it special. The special part is the power bit in the name, as it has a built in 1,800mAh battery which will charge your iPhone. We're not quite sure when we'd take a dock with us to charge an iPhone though, but at least it's a novel idea.

photofast 3 PhotoFast has unusual Apple accessories

Last but not least we have the UltraDock which will hold an iPad and two smaller Apple devices. It will charge all three devices thanks to an external power adapter that delivers 5A of power. Apparently all three devices can be synced at once and the UltraDock is just like the GDock using a mini USB port at the rear. It's an interesting start and we'd expect more unusual products to follow from PhotoFast.