Reports are coming in that the iPad Camera Connection Kit
has finally shown up on a couple buyer doorsteps, and that the pair of white dongles may actually have been worth the wait
. While one is a simple SD card adapter that adds one-touch image and video import (including RAW, complete with EXIF data) to the iPad, the second provides a USB port with some exciting new functionality. TUAW
reports one reader could type on an iPad via USB keyboard, and those rumors about USB audio
were true, too: TidBITS
was actually able to make a Skype call after connecting a USB headset. Before you get too excited, however, please note that the USB and SD image transfers are one-way, and not all peripherals are supported -- for instance, TidBITS
' iPad sneezed at an external hard drive. Also, according to the Apple Store, Camera Connection Kit shipments are still two to three weeks out, so don't be surprised if it still takes some time to get yours. For now you can make do with the video after the break.