Apple reportedly prepping new connection technology

Apple is reportedly preparing to announce a new high-speed connection technology, CNET reports today.

CNET claims a "source" has confirmed the Cupertino-based company will soon announce a new connection technology which is faster than the USB 3.0 specifications and could potentially utilise Intel's Light Peak technology, which allows manufacturers to use the one connection for every item which connects to a computer, be it a printer, mouse, display, keyboard or external hard drives.

"An announcement from Apple is expected soon about a new high-speed connection technology," CNET reporter Brooke Crothers wrote.

"Apple is expected to adopt this technology in the near future--but likely use a name other than Light Peak, a source familiar with this aspect of Apple's plans said."

Intel first demonstrated the technology in the middle of last year, where the company showed two computers running Mac OS X playing a 1080p video while also transferring files. While many were left impressed, others felt Light Peak may have less of an impact than before with USB 3.0 beating it onto the market.

At the time, rumours were rife that Apple may debut the technology in early 2011, with speculation the company may be working closely with Intel to be a launch partner of the product alongside Sony, who've also displayed a high interest in the technology.

If CNET's report is accurate, Apple may even include support for the Light Peak technology in the upcoming update to their operating system, dubbed OS X "Lion" which is due out later this year. A revamped Macbook Pro range that may also have support for the technology is also expected to debut soon, possibly as soon as next week.

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Intel first demonstrated the technology in the middle of last year, where the company showed two computers running Mac OS X playing a 1080p video while also transferring files.

bla-bla-bla... And then they (Intel) only used PCs to demonstrate the technology. Showing it once on Apple hardware down'nt mean it's an Apple tech.

So then, Apple just creates their own 'standards' do they? What's next? Apple's better way to run electrical devices without electricity? can't wait!!!!

Another reason I am going back to Windows. Apple just has to be different. I am tired of living on the fringe with Apple, tired of half arse ports to OS X (Quickbooks, MS Office, etc).

Why in the world Apple does not support USB 3.0 is beyond me.

rrode74 said,
Another reason I am going back to Windows. Apple just has to be different. I am tired of living on the fringe with Apple, tired of half arse ports to OS X (Quickbooks, MS Office, etc).

Why in the world Apple does not support USB 3.0 is beyond me.

same reason they dont officially support blu-ray?

rrode74 said,
Another reason I am going back to Windows. Apple just has to be different. I am tired of living on the fringe with Apple, tired of half arse ports to OS X (Quickbooks, MS Office, etc).

Why in the world Apple does not support USB 3.0 is beyond me.


What to say this tech won't come to non apple PC's? I'm really hoping it does.

if it is based off Light Peak, isn't LPK ports based off USB? Last things I heard it was backwards compatible with all USB, it just has a lens on the port that can pick up light from a fiber cable that is then included with the USB cable... you still get +5v DC and -5v DC with light peak via the standard USB interface, you just lose the RX and TX wires and replace them with a lens but the main port still has the data connectors plus the lens so you can use USB1,1.1,2.3 and LPK all from the same spot

thommcg said,
FireWire anyone?

yeah, and we all saw where that standard went..... built up for a little then basically fell of a cliff... I liked firewire, good idea, just not promoted and used enough

Yeah I loved firewire, amazing that didn't caught up well, but I blame Apple for that, even them give up on the technology for a way worse one, although more practical: USB.
With HD video and faster internet connections everywhere we need a more suitable way to transfer information faster, and sorry but USB 3 is nothing but a modest attempt, in less than a year I believe we could exceed the capacity of it, the amount of data we will be handling in the next two years will dramatically increase, SSD are slowly but steadily lowering in their prices.
Light Peak just sounds fast and scalable enough....hope it does delivers what it promises. USB, physical keyboards, physical medias (DVD, Bluray) are the past.

somethingelse said,
Making it much cheaper than USB 3 is a sure fire way to win the market. </hint hint>

Apple doesn't do cheap.

Oh goody, the return of the firewire vs. usb debacle! 8P

In this case, I'm sure this is just the Intel Light Peak technology with Apple creating a proprietary protocol so they can market it as "Apple's Newest Magical Invention!!!"*

(in VERY small print) * actual technology created by Intel and available for all PCs.