Light Peak Technology May Appear in Macs Very Soon
CNet has recently reported that soon Apple will unveil a new high-speed connection technology for its devices, which is based on Intel's Light Peak technology. The latter should appear in products during the first half of 2011, according to Intel. But though Apple's new technology will be based on Intel's Light Peak, it was reported that Apple will brand it under its own name.
Light Peak allows to transfer information with 10 Gbps, which is almost three times faster than USB 3.0 (3.2 Gbps) and more than 10 times faster than Firewire 800 (800 Mbps). In practice it will allow to copy a full-length Blu-Ray movie in approximately 30 seconds.
Such incredible characteristics of Light Peak may explain why Apple refused to implement USB3 support in its latest devices, though Jobs once explained via email that the real reason for it is "no support from Intel, for example".
As you may know, this Thursday Apple will unveil its new line of MacBook Pros, though it is unknown whether new devices will get Light Peak connectors or not. Intel reported that Sandy Bridge processors, which are used in new MacBook Pros, don't have USB 3.0 support, possibly, because of Light Peak support.
If USB3 won't appear in new MacBooks Pro, however, it still may be implemented in new iMacs, which will supposedly be unveiled in the first half of 2011.
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