CNet is reporting that Apple is preparing to announce a new high-speed connection technology which's faster than the USB 3.0 specifications and could potentially utilise Intel's Light Peak technology, which allows manufacturers to use the one connection for every item which connects to a computer, be it a printer, mouse, display, keyboard or external hard drives.
Although Apple's new connector will be based on Light Peak, Apple will reportedly brand it under their own name. Whether the new connector tech will be part of the upcoming MacBook Pro update (rumored to happen February 24) or announced in another context isn't clear.
Light Peak is significantly faster than any of the other connection technology currently on the market. For comparison, Firewire 400 is 400 Mbps, Firewire 800 is 800 Mbps, USB2 is 480 Mbps, and USB3 (which never appeared on a Mac) is 3.2 Gbps. Light Peak comes in at a whopping 10 Gbps making it close to three times faster than USB 3, and over 10 times faster than Firewire 800. Although this won't matter too much for Mac users, Light Peak can transfer an entire Blu-Ray movie in under 30 seconds.
[tags]light peak,firewire,macbook pro[/tags]