Apple may add USB3.0 support to products

USB3.0 offers data transmission speeds of up to 5Gbits/sec. The interface may soon be found on Apple's various products

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Apple may add USB3.0 support to products Apple's current range of products, including the MacBook Pro (pictured), offer USB2.0, Firewire and Intel LightPeak support only
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  September 5, 2011

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once claimed that customers didn't care about USB3.0 support and thus none of Apple's products to date feature the high-speed connectivity interface. Apple chose to fit its latest machines with Intel's ‘LightPeak' interface instead. Now though it appears that Apple is considering bringing USB3.0 connectivity to its products.

Website VR-Zone writes, "A lot of people have been disappointed over Apple's lack of interest in the USB3.0 standard, but thanks to a little bird, VR-Zone has heard that the company is still looking at USB3.0 as a potential feature to add on future products. As to when and how this might happen is not something we know, but from our understanding it'll happen before Intel integrates USB3.0 support into its chipsets."

Intel is expected to add USB3.0 support to its forthcoming Ivy Bridge CPU series, which is scheduled for launch in 2012. Taking VR-Zone's source into account, this could mean that Apple may add USB3.0 support to its products before the end of this year.

While Intel's LightPeak technology can deliver bidirectional data transmission rates of up to 20Gbits/sec compared to USB3.0's 5Gbits/sec, the connection cables for the former interface can cost a staggering US $50 a piece. A USB3.0 connection cable however retails for as little as $5.

USB3.0 also far overshadows LightPeak in terms of peripheral support. The former interface is used by thousands of external hard drives, flash drives, external optical drives and many other peripherals.

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