As usual, Apple didn’t put a microSD card slot on the iPhone 7, although to their credit, they did double the internal storage of all their models. Still, we’re going to be looking for ways to get extra storage thanks to all those fancy new camera features we’ll be using. Here’s one we’ve found — the SanDisk iXpand. If we can’t get a microSD card slot, the iXpand is the next best thing — a flash drive with a Lightning connector.
The iXpand is a double-sided USB flash drive. The Lightning connector is on one end, while a regular-sized USB 3.0 connector is on the other. That makes it pretty easy to offload photos from an iPhone to a computer, although it’ll be a little bit trickier with the MacBook, which only has a UBB Type-C port. The Lightning connector end is flexible, meaning it can be folded around the back of the phone to make it a little less unwieldy. The Lightning connector itself is just long enough to make it work with cases, too, and SanDisk is even making a model specifically for use with OtterBox’s new uniVERSE modular case system.
The SanDisk iXpand comes in capacities between 16 GB and 128 GB. The lowest capacities don’t seem worth it, since the iPhone 7 now comes with 32 GB of storage at a minimum, but the 64 GB and 128 GB models seem worth a look if you’re in need of additional iPhone 7 storage. Prices range from $50 to $130.