Report: Apple Preparing to Finally Catch up With PCs by Adding USB 3.0
September 2, 2011 4:40 PM
comment(s) - last by
A publication claims that USB 3.0 could at last hit Macs.
The addition would allow Apple customers to ditch their $50 premium cables -- and, more importantly, gain access to many more peripherals.
Move could alleviate Apple owners' woes of limited peripheral selection
These days USB 3.0, an extra-speedy connectivity technology is supported by an increasing number of peripherals like
external hard drives
. And it's become quite mainstream in the PC market, even showing up in mid-range models like the Micro-Star International Comp., Ltd.'s (
MSI FX603 notebook
But customers of Apple Inc. (
) -- the
third largest computer-maker
in the U.S. -- are willing to settle for paying as much $3,000 or more for some high end "fully loaded" notebooks or $5,000 on some desktops without a scrap of USB 3.0 support.
Ex-CEO Steve Jobs claimed customers
didn't care about USB 3.0
and it wasn't time for them to be allowed to get it, anyways. Apple instead offers customers Thunderbolt, an early copper-based implementation of Intel Corp.'s (
) upcoming fiber-optic "LightPeak" technology.
LightPeak offers 20 Gbit/s bidirectional data transmission versus up to 5 Gbit/s with USB 3.0. While that sounds like a favorable trade, one relatively minor downside to this arrangement is that Apple customers have to pony up
a whopping $50 USD per cable
, thanks to the slew of microchips inside the complicated design. Further, while an extra $50 on a $5000 computer may not seem that bad, the
lack of selection
in terms of ThunderBolt peripherals offers a far more pressing issue for Apple computer users.
a new CEO
at the head of Apple the rumor has popped up yet again that the company will finally catch up to PCs in hardware by offering its customers USB 3.0.
, "A lot of people have been disappointed over Apple's lack of interest in the USB 3.0 standard, but thanks to a little bird, VR-Zone has heard that the company is still looking at USB 3.0 as a potential feature to add on future products. As to when and how this might happen is not something we know, but from our understanding it'll happen
Intel integrates USB 3.0 support into its chipsets."
The important word in that comment is "before". Intel is supposed to drop in support for the USB 3.0 standard
, which will launch in 2012. If
's source is correct Apple could be preparing to deliver USB 3.0 slightly ahead of schedule in late 2011.
If Apple does that it'd probably have to go with a third party chip to add compatibility to its stock Intel chipset. That wouldn't be the first time Apple has done this -- its a well known secret that back in 2010 it
hacked at the stock chipsets
to allow graphics switching (similar to Optimus) between the integrated GPU in the Intel CPU core and the dedicated onboard NVIDIA Corp. (
) GeForce GPU.
Hopefully the rumors are true, after all, from our perspective there's little excuse to be peddling a $5,000 computer that lacks USB 3.0 support found in $700 Windows PCs.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
9/2/2011 5:28:57 PM
I need those kind of transfer speeds once every three months if that. It's not worth giving up backward compatibility and price. Jobs is right about the "don't need" part, he just got the technology wrong.
9/2/2011 5:44:16 PM
I could sure make excellent use of those transfer speeds on a regular basis; eight gigs of RAW files don't just upload themselves, you know! :D
9/2/2011 6:42:49 PM
USB 3 is backwards-compatible with all USB 2 and USB 1.1 devices, and cables are dirt cheap.
Thunderbolt is compatible with ... ? And a cable for the few supported products costs what? I do understand that cost isn't an issue for Apple users to begin with, but to try to argue compatibility on Thuderbolt vs. USB is just asking to get proven wrong. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but that doesn't prevent your opinion from being wrong. ;)
9/2/2011 7:02:57 PM
I do understand that cost isn't an issue for Apple users to begin with
Most of the people I've seen with Macs are broke as f---.
A Mac is like a Porsche or Ferrari for a 20-something midlife crisis. With way less class.
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
Meet Apple's New CEO, Tim Cook
August 24, 2011, 8:40 PM
Analysts: Apple Now Has More Than 10 Percent of the U.S. PC Market
July 14, 2011, 1:52 PM
Apple Takes a Page From Monster's Book, Offers $50 Thunderbolt Cable
June 30, 2011, 10:05 AM
Intel Talks USB 3.0, Dramatically Accelerated Mobile Roadmap at Computex
May 31, 2011, 9:45 AM
LaCie Announces Little Big Disk With Thunderbolt, Intel 510 Series 6Gbps SSDs
February 24, 2011, 3:07 PM
Lenovo Once Again The Top Global PC Maker, Apple Takes 50% of PC Profits
October 9, 2014, 7:46 AM
It’s Official: HP to Split Into Two Business Units
October 6, 2014, 8:14 AM
Quick Note: HP Plans to Split PC, Enterprise Units
October 5, 2014, 4:31 PM
Samsung Prepping 14-nm for Apple A9 Production, Handling 30 Percent of A8 Orders
October 2, 2014, 1:17 PM
Lenovo to Complete $2.1B Acquisition of IBM's x86 Server Operations on October 1
September 29, 2014, 3:19 PM
ZOTAC Announces Diminutive ZBOX PI320 pico
August 27, 2014, 9:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Google Launches "Same-day Delivery" Subscription Service for $95/year
October 14, 2014, 10:37 AM
Google Announces Android 5.0 “Lollipop”, Nexus 9 Tablet, and Nexus 6 “Phablet”
October 15, 2014, 12:41 PM
Ireland to Close Loophole Apple and Google Used to Evade EU Taxes
October 13, 2014, 10:45 PM
Update: Motorola Droid Turbo Coming Oct 28, 48-hour Battery Life Confirmed
October 19, 2014, 9:19 PM
Samsung Develops 802.11 AD Wi-Fi, But Will it be Sunk by Poor Penetration?
October 14, 2014, 4:30 PM
Latest Blog Posts
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information