Apple leaning towards USB 3.0 for their future products
September 05th, 2011 - 04:20 pm ET by
While Apple is focussing on the Thunderbolt connectivity technology for their current products, they are getting information about integrating USB 3.0 ports in the future.
Apple has opted for the Thunderbolt technology for their new MacBook and iMac models to provide high speed throughput to connected devices. This type of connection is not widely used though, with USB being the standard deployed throughout the computing world.
We have now leant that Apple is currently putting together information about USB 3.0 controllers, notably around their price. The price for these ports is between 2 and 3 dollars each, while the Thunderbolt chip is between 10 and 15 dollars.
Taking into consideration the cheaper prices of the USB 3.0 ports, it’s a very good chance that Apple will integrate this solution into their future products, as this will also provide backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 devices.
Of course, the current Thunderbolt ports will remain as this will allow for even higher throughput for exigent consumes and enterprise.