Just a rumor now, but here's what it looks like so far:
- Class-compliant USB audio devices will be supported through the USB dongle from the iPad Camera Connection Kit,
- The iPad will support USB-Audio 1.0 class specification only, supporting full speed.
- iPad docks may be able to support USB Audio device I/O.
- Low-power audio interfaces will be able to run off the iPad, otherwise you will need a powered hub or device power.
- The interface will suport 16bit audio. 24bit may be supported later.
At this point, USB audio support on the iPad is a rumor, because no official announcement has been made. Nevertheless, a lot of people are excited about the idea of connecting standard USB audio interfaces to the Apple iPad using the iPad Camera Connection Kit.
USB audio support for the iPad is “nice-to-have”, but not essential.
If you want your iPad to have audio interface support and a hardware keyboard and to be able to run desktop music applications – you’re probably better off just buying a much more powerful Apple laptop.
USB audio support may also be a distraction from understanding the unique new strengths of the iPad as a tool for music. I’m more interested in discovering what the iPad can do that is new than in trying to make it do all the stuff we can already do with laptops.
The iPad Camera Connection Kit is scheduled for release later this month, so it shouldn’t be long until the rumored iPad USB audio interface support rumor is tested out.
In the meantime – leave a comment and let us know what you think of the possibility of connecting USB audio devices to the Apple iPad!
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