Last week CNET reported that according to their source Apple is expected to introduce its Light Peak based connection technology soon.
Light Peak is an optical cable interface devised by Apple and developed by Intel to connect devices, which is significantly faster than even USB 3.0. USB 3.0 which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 (current generation MacBooks come with USB 2.0 ports) can manage a theoretically maximum throughput of 4.8Gbps while Light Peak can manage 10Gbps in both directions simultaneously.
Some observers have speculated that Apple may introduce Light Peak based technology in the new MacBook Pro product line, which is rumored to be unveiled this week.
However, Macrumors speculates that Apple could also introduce Light Peak technology in the next generation iPad.
First, is the presence of a “mystery port” on early iPad 2 case designs from third-party manufacturers. The case designs have been remarkably consistent and seem to be clearly sourced from the same design document. These early design documents aren’t perfect (third-generation iPod touch camera being a notable example), but early case designs have generally done a good job predicting upcoming Apple hardware.[..]
[..]As it turns out, the Light Peak prototypes have been using hybrid USB 3 connector connectors that might easily be confused for USB. The exact connector for Light Peak hasn’t been described, but it may be close enough to USB to be a case of mistaken identity in the early iPad 2 rumors. The opening for the port may be a bit small for a full-sized USB connector, though it seems feasible that the Light Peak could also adopt a mini USB style form factor as well.
Though the possibility of Light Peak based technology for high-speed media transfer would be awesome, but in our opinion it would be too early to introduce it in iPad 2 as Light Peak based technology hasn’t been implemented in computers, so would be quite pointless for most users (except for new MacBooks if they come with Light Peak based ports). Apple would be better off giving users what they have been asking for, which is a USB port for now.
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