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Apple To Introduce New High-Speed Connections This Year

by Sean P. Aune | February 20, 2011February 20, 2011 11:00 am PDT

light-peak-connectorApple may be set to start using Intel’s Light Peak connectors as early as this week’s rumored MacBook Pro refresh.

CNet is reporting that Apple is definitely going to include Intel’s Light Peak technology at some point in the near future.  To make this rumor even more meta, some are suggesting the rumored technology addition will be included in this week’s rumored MacBook Pro update.  It’s almost like you’re playing “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, but with rumors.

Light Peak is a new connector technology from Intel which has speeds greater than USB 3.0 – as fast as 1 Gbps –  and looks surprisingly similar to the aging connections except for a couple of minor differences.  Some are saying that the pending inclusion of this tech is why Apple has thus far bypassed including USB 3.0 in any of its recent product refreshes.

It is presumed Apple will rename the connector to something else as “Light Peak” isn’t very Apple sounding, but we’ll have to wait and see on that aspect.  The new technology, however, is supposed to be a more universal method of connecting everything from printers, monitors, external drives and more to your computer, eliminating the need for various task-specific cables that still exist.  The vast majority of devices do now use USB, but if this gets you faster transfer speeds, we’re all for it.

The hardest part of introducing any new technology such as this is getting the computer and peripheral companies to match up their release windows.  If this tech is in the new MacBook Pros, great, but if there are no products out there that use it, why would anyone care?  While you still run into FireWire ports every so often, even on the most recent iMac refresh, it is definitely a technology that never really took off in the way people hoped it would.  If Light Peak doesn’t get enough support, it could suffer a similar fate.

What say you?  Are you interested in Light Peak?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...