I was recently approached by a friend in need of a USB flash drive storage solution which didn’t require carrying additional hardware. Crazy I know considering the size of some of the USB devices available today.
I knew my friend was an Apple fan much like myself, so the most obvious choice was to use his iPhone as a storage device.
Now – out of the box this isn’t normally possible, with most file storage being controlled by iTunes.
However, along with help from Macroplant’s iPhone explorer this is easily done. iPhone Explorer is a tiny little application available for both Mac OS X and Windows, enabling full ‘drag-drop’ functionality to the iPhone’s storage card.
Although this offers a perfect solution for a user with access to the App on each PC, don’t be fooled into thinking this could be used to ‘rip’ all your friends music off their device. For that you would need either Pod to PC or Pod to Mac.
Using iPhone Explorer you get to see all the files stored deep down in the depth’s of the iPhone…You know, all those one’s normal users shouldn’t go near! Not only can you use your device as a USB Pen Drive, you can also view pictures and modify files directly on the iPhone.
Better still – if you should so wish to ‘jailbreak’ your device you will also gain access to your iPhones Address Book, SMS, e-mails and even more besides.
You can download iPhone Explorer for Macroplant’s website.