Posted 2023-10-20 | Back to blog index
The camera app I work on just added a feature to shoot still photos direct to a USB-C drive on the new iPhones, bypassing your Photo Library
I thought it would be funny to try to recreate a Mavica using a USB Floppy drive. Now I know that normally they don't work on iPhones because they use a subclass called UFI (USB Floppy Interface)
But how about a SuperDisk drive? Those supported 120 MB disks, maybe the use the main profile?
Sadly that didn't work either, my experiment was a failure :(
As a sanity check, I also tried a USB Magneto-Optical drive and that didn't work either. Does iOS limit USB storage support to fixed media only?
Here's the TechCrunch article on our app if anyone is curious https://techcrunch.com/2023/10/19/photons-app-for-pro-photographers-lets-you-shoot-and-save-to-an-external-drive/
Or 9to5Mac https://9to5mac.com/2023/10/19/photon-camera-app-shoot-photos-to-external-drive/
At least I had no trouble shooting photos from my iPhone directly to an OG 64 MB Memory Stick. Which we all know is the future, none of this magnetic media stuff!
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