Apple’s Lightning connector, which was introduced with the iPhone 5 last year, may soon support USB 3.0. The Cupertino company is—per Apple’s job site—looking for a Senior Software Quality Engineer to help out with the USB Connectivity Compliance QA Team. That’s not an outright confirmation of 3.0’s imminent arrival, but it does certainly hint that a change is incoming.
Apple recently added USB 3.0 ports to its Macs, but that also doesn’t mean iOS devices will support the technology. Still, the job listing calls for someone with knowledge of both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 technology, in particular USB triggering and analysis. While Apple’s Lightning connector doesn’t currently support USB 3.0, there have previously been reports suggesting there might be underlying compatibility.
We’ll have to wait and see if Apple unlocks its full potential at some point down the road.