Apple to adopt 10Gbps LightPeak soon?

Intel's new ultra-high speed, 10Gbps LightPeak connector might just be adopted by Apple soon, and under their own branded name, according to CNET's sources. That's more than 4x faster than USB 2.0's 480Mbps, which is currently supported by iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Now since MacBook refreshes are all the rumor-rage right now, that's what's expected to get the LightPeak (or whatever Apple ends up calling it) love, maybe as soon as this week. But wouldn't that be fantastic for iOS as well, especially for people who sync lots of big games, navigation apps, movies, and other media? If Apple transitions from the 30-pin Dock connector to an EU-favored micro-USB we gain nothing but access to more same-speed cables with less pins. With LighPeak we get blazing fast connections.

I won't get my hopes up for iPad 2 or iPhone 5... but how about iPad 3 and iPhone 6? Anyone else want that future now?


Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.