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Thursday, 01 September 2011 20:26

Apple mulls USB 3.0 for future products

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Cheaper than Thunderbolt, backwards compatible
Apple is apparently looking into USB 3.0 as an addition to costly Thunderbolt technology. According to VR Zone, Apple could go USB 3.0 even before Intel integrates USB 3.0 support in its chipsets.

Many observers were dumbfounded by Apple’s decision to hold off on USB 3.0 support, which was apparently passed over in favor of Thunderbolt, a much more advanced, but also a lot pricier standard. Apple is now apparently looking into third party USB 3.0 host controllers, which are said to cost about $2 to $3 in large quantities. Thunderbolt on the other hand costs $10 to $15 and it is a pretty costly solution, so it is unlikely to gain much traction in cheap peripherals and low end storage products.

Another perk would be backward compatibility. While Thunderbolt is a state-of-the-art standard, USB 2.0 is like the AK-47 of the tech world. It’s cheap, in widespread use and it just gets the job done. Apple is also looking into some more affordable approaches to Thunderbolt storage, which could result in reasonable priced storage solutions for individual consumers. Did we say reasonable? Strike that, this is Apple we are talking about.

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+2 #1 Jermelescu 2011-09-02 01:35
Problem, Intel? :-x
+1 #2 Alterecho 2011-09-02 02:56
According to Semiaccurate, they have seen the iPhone 5 and it has a display port. But they later speculate that its actually a thunderbolt port.

So that could be the possible reason for the presence of thunderbolt only on the Macbooks.
+2 #3 fingerbob69 2011-09-02 11:46
Every walled garden needs a gate.
-1 #4 TEAMSWITCHER 2011-09-02 16:11
I don't think that Apple is anti USB3, they really wanted an elegant docking solution for their mobile products and USB3 can't do video. I don't understand how 10-15 dollars is a costly solution, I would gladly pay that much more to have a Thunderbolt port on any computer. I love the new Thunderbolt display that Apple will be selling soon. And I like the laptop-as-a-desktop usage model, it's the best of both worlds. In my opinion, there is a need for both USB3 and Thunderbolt.
0 #5 Wolfdale 2011-09-05 23:48
problem is.. 2-3 dollar for a usb3 allready translates to 49.99 on apple value to customers..
if it would be 10-15 dollar for a thunderbolt, apple will be forced to charge 249.99 for it...

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