If the point is to prevent it being accidentally inserted in a microSD slot, couldn't they have just used a slightly different size, like a millimeter wider, and keep a rectangular shape?
Did you mean that backwards? If a microSD doesn't have fins and the slot has additional space for fins, how would it prevent the insertion?
The design and dimensions are similar out of an intent to enable UFS/MicroSD combo receptacles (which all UFS receptacles currently available are).
Also, having a rectangle of different dimensions would also be visually distinctive, and I think that's always been the standard way to differentiate. That's how one has always been able to differentiate between CompactFlash (CF), Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SecureDigital (SD), etc.
Why is there now a need to have non-rectangular cards with a weird organic shape on it?
EDIT: I see now that the fin is not like an appendage added to the microSD form factor, but rather a subtraction from its shape. The form factor makes a lot more sense after seeing the image shared by kevin_thibedeau.
Transfers with USB-C cables takes ages (USB2).
AirDrop occasionally removes live photos, converts into different formats and is very manual step. Sometimes it's fast, sometimes it's not.
iCloud works so-so. Order of magnitude slower when compared with Google Photos. MacOS support is barebones. Trying to export one photo occasionally takes minutes or fails quietly.
Why does it (still) take over an hour to copy 100GB of photos and videos off my phone?
Every time it seems like a nightmare because I don’t want to use some weird sync, or convert the files as they copy, or store the photos inside an Photos.app container....
I just want the damn files copied onto my NAS where I know they’re safe and automatically mirrored on Backblaze.
Been doing it for 10 years now and still a painful and slow manual process. Most recently when I tried, I had to give up trying to do it on a Mac and move to a PC where I could see the individual files and copy them out of each folder and then delete them as a separate step. I can’t be the only one tearing hair out over this...
That said, if your NAS had a UFS slot you could 'sneakernet' the chip from the phone to the NAS and clone it then pull it out and put it back in your phone. That could conceivably happen in just a few minutes if your NAS CPU and IO system could keep up.
No word on their write endurance that I saw.
(Not that I'd get a NAS appliance on my net anyway, they all seem to be gaping security holes and generally give a crap-IoT or crap-enterprise vibe - the role is well served by x86 hw + normal OS options)
The MikroTik CRS305-1G-4S+IN is a relatively cheap 4 port 10GbE switch.
“Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway,=.” — Andrew S, Tanenbaum
I probably will not buy another Apple product until MacOs gets phased out and IpadOS becomes their new platform.
What are you copying them to?
If it's Android, the bottleneck will be MTP if you're using a USB cable. Also, if your phone uses USB 3, make sure it's actually running at USB 3 speeds.
cheaper smaller faster: pick 2 or maybe 1