PACE Anti-Piracy has announced a USB-C version of the 3rd-generation iLok license key. This means that you now have two options for connecting your iLok dongle: the traditional USB-A version and the new USB-C key.
PACE iLok USB-C
As computer manufacturers like Apple are moving away from USB-A ports, especially on portable machines, connecting an iLok license key often meant having to reach for an adapter. While many users aren’t particularly fond of hardware license keys and even Steinberg has said that they’ll get rid of the eLicenser, those that do still use USB iLoks had to find a way to connect them to their newer machines.
The new iLok USB-C provides an alternative for users whose computers don’t have USB-A ports anymore. It’s also an interesting option for screens and docking stations with integrated USB-C hubs.
With the exception of the connector, the new iLok USB-C is technically identical to the 3rd-generation USB-A version. According to PACE, both license keys are fully backward compatible with previous versions. All software that was developed for a 2nd-generation iLok will continue to work with the new versions.
PACE says that both devices deliver twice the transfer speed of the 2nd-generation iLok. Like the USB-A variant, the new USB-C version holds up to 1500 authorizations – enough for even the most avid collectors of plug-ins and sample libraries. It’s housed in a durable aluminum shell that won’t split or crack, according to PACE.
Whether or not you like the iLok copy protection system, having more options is always nice. If you need to use a hardware key, at least you won’t find yourself running into connection issues anymore.
The new iLok USB-C is now available for USD 59.95 from the PACE website.