The iPad Pro’s single USB Type-C port is one of my main frustrations about an otherwise truly stellar piece of technology. You get to use it for one thing at a time, be it charging, using the USB-C headphone adapter, or plugging in a range of dongles (and soon, mercifully, external hard drives). I ask: can any device be “pro” if it has just one lonely port?
Thankfully, the jack-of-all-trades nature of USB-C means that you can use USB-C hubs to get those missing ports back — and then some. Apple provides very little guidance on which hubs work the best with the 2018 iPad Pro; all the company really says is that hubs and docks should both work over the USB-C connection. None of the products I tested had a badge on the box to indicate MFi / Made for iPad certification, but they all functioned (mostly) as expected.


If the iPad Pro is going to be your one and only computer, you might be drawn to USB-C hubs that are specifically designed to latch onto Apple’s flagship tablet. You can even keep them attached full-time if your iPad Pro is mostly used on a desk. The two I tested include USB-C (for both data and pass-through charging of the iPad), a USB-A 3.0 port, microSD, SD, HDMI, and a headphone jack. That’s a nice little assortment in a package that fits securely against the iPad Pro.
Most of these range between $90 and $100. I tried out the HyperDrive 6-in-1 iPad Pro USB-C hub, which began as a Kickstarter but is now available at retailers like Amazon and B&H. Attached to the aluminum hub is a grip that distributes the weight across more of your iPad to prevent strain on the USB-C port.

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