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How to read an SD card with an iPhone/iPad

Need to get files from an SD Card into iPhone and/or iPad. The SD card readers I have found will only read files that are photos or video.  This seems to be more of a phone firmware limitation than an accessory limitation.  I'd like to be able to read any type of file, but I specifically need to read CSV files.  

The scenario is this: we have a flight data recording system writing to an SD card.  If the pilot is working remotely, he needs to send data back to headquarters upon landing.  Many pilots have iPhones so we want them to be able to use their iPhone to grab the data from the SD and email it back to HQ.

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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Apple, in their infinite wisdom, decided that they did not want to incorporate the use of SD cards in their proprietary devices. Yes, it is a phone firmware limitation. The only way that I can think of to get the file onto the iPhone is to use a PC or mac as an intermediary device: Plug the iPhone into the PC, and do a data transfer from the SD card (inside or connected to the PC), to the iPhone. Even then, you wouldn't be able to browse for a CSV file on the iPhone and send it.

And if you have a PC and Internet access, that really negates the need for an iPhone.

I believe that the answer to this is "You can't get there from here". I wouldn't mind being proven wrong, however.
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Thanks strung, this may work, but it does not say it supports .CSV files which is our immediate need.  I am really looking for a solution that doesn't care what the file type is, it just transfers it.
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The Zoomit apparently can read text files, which is what a CSV file is:

http://www.zoommediaplus.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=222

You simply ask the manufacturer it it will do what you want, or post a query to their forum:

http://www.zoommediaplus.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=3&sid=1a598157f75ec7879e23751a247b7df0
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My impression is that Airstash should work too, but again, check with the manufacturer:

http://support.airstash.com/anonymous_requests/new
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Thanks much strung.  The article that pointed to the AirStash and Kingston MobileLite was most useful.