Tired of not having enough storage space on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad? Seagate comes to the rescue with their new GoFlex Satellite Wi-Fi hard drive. The drive is designed to connect with any Wi-Fi-enabled device, including iOS devices.
The drive is battery operated and cable free, and can be access with any 802.11n wireless network, and can also be hooked up to your computer through USB 3.0, to charge the battery and provide access when you battery is low.
The device has an iOS companion app called GoFlex Access, which allows you to remotely access all of the photos, movies, documents, and music stored on your GoFlex Satellite drive. In essence (it it works well), this will be just like increasing your iDevice’s storage by 500GB. A similar application will be available for the Android platform.
The drive is said to be capable of 4 hours of continuous video streaming, and up to 25 hours of standby, which means its probably best to keep it plugged in most of the time, otherwise you won’t get very far before it loses power.
Patrick Connely, VP and General Manager of Seagate’s retail group, believes it will allow people to purchase tablets with less storage and not have to worry:
With the GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage, we wished to create an elegant solution that provides real value to the multitude of iPad users out there by delivering a seamless connection to local storage.
No longer will a consumer feel as though it is a compromise to purchase a lower capacity tablet or iPad. With GoFlex Satellite, people will be able to carry their entire media library with them without the need for wires or the web at a fraction of the cost of adding 3G or purchasing or a higher capacity tablet.
The drive is set to retail for a significant $500 when it comes to market – but despite its high price and small battery, this drive looks like an awesome companion for your iDevice. No official release date has been anbounced, but Seagate has asked the FCC not to disclose the device until June 30 – and that gives you a rough time frame.