Many people have been asking this question – Does the iPad comes with and SD card slot ? The short answer is NO – and not only it does not come with an SD card slot, it is also not supported in any iPad dock. This is unlike the USB port, where at least you can get an extension by hooking an iPad dock.
The SD Card slot that would have been flushing with the edge of the iPad would have been a great boon to the photographers, camera users. You could simply take out the SD card from your camera put it in the iPad, and could start browsing the pictures in the SD Card. You could also browse through the videos shot on your SD Card. And if you needed to transfer the text files on between the computer and the iPad, SD card could have been very useful.
If you look at the price structure of the Apple iPad, you will notice that the iPad 16GB comes for $499 while the 32 GB Model comes at $100 extra at $599. Now consider another fact – a 16 GB extra SD Card comes for $30 or so on ebay. We have found it for even less at ebay, but for the sake of argument, let us say it is $30. Now you have two options to buy Apple – An iPad with 16 GB with and additional 16GB SD card at $530 or an iPad with $32 GB at $600. Which one will you prefer. And consider the flexibility that comes with the SD card. You will normally leave the SD card in the iPad, but, in case you need to transfer the data between a camera and the iPad, you just take out the SD Card from the Camera and insert it into the iPad and browse through the pictures. Is not the life easier ?
But then this does not fit into the Apple’s biz model. They will not be making extra dollars for the 16 GB space. $100 for 16 GB space is ridiculously high even by the Flash based storage standard.
An additional SD Card will also help transfer the data seamlessly between an iPad and a Windows machine. Say, for example you do some typing on your iPad while traveling. You can transfer the text document on the SD card, take it to your notebook or desktop in office and print it from the office printer.
Apple designers are you listening. Can you consider an SD card slot in the next version of the iPad ?