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Rumor: Light Peak coming to MacBook update this week

By Jos ยท 11 replies
Feb 21, 2011
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  1. Apple is getting ready to announce a new "high-speed connection technology" soon, according to Cnet. Although its source didn't get into specifics, the site notes that the timing coincides with the time frame Intel laid out for the first Light Peak products to reach the market, and speculates that the new connector may come as part of an upcoming MacBook Pro refresh which is rumored to happen sometime in late February.

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  2. Omnislip

    Omnislip TS Rookie Posts: 91

    Hopefully this will get more use than Firewire...
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

    considering it would be an intel-apple implementation and not an apple proprietary connection, it's bound to get more use. Afterall, Apple loves minimizing the number of wires coming out of the back of iMacs, so said technology could be used in a similar fashion.
  4. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Firewire was just apple doing what they do best. Making their own specification just for the sake of being different.

    This is the company that pioneered mini-displayport after all.
  5. RoyalKnight

    RoyalKnight TS Rookie

    Random thoughts on what Apple will call it on their MacBooks:
    - Apple Peak
    - Fire Peak
    - FireWire 4.0
    - The Apple Universal Connector (I can see the commercials already...)
  6. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    I would think they would add USB 3.0 to their computers before Light Peak. Could that possibly be the "high-speed connection technology" they are talking about?
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

    Um, it definitely is not as cut and dry as that, but I'll agree with the "For the sake of being different" comment. =)
  8. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 827   +32

    Great way of drawing in readers with the title. No solid proof they're adding lightpeek yet the name of the article says they are.

    It'll be interesting to see how well LP adapts. Just as manufacturers are pushing out USB 3, LP comes out. I was getting ready to build a system, but I think I may hold off for a while...see where these 2 things go.
  9. krayzie

    krayzie TS Rookie Posts: 62

    why does apple have to always be different? USB works fine

    its not the 1st time they tried to reinvent the wheel and died... look at apple talk
  10. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 827   +32

    Sorry, meant "rumors" they are.
  11. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Thi isnt from Apple, this is a port that Intel has been development for a time now, however.....

    1- it will use Copper (still..... Fiber Opc. were delayed)
    2-a huge interface to be capped by our drives (including SSD, only way is to use Raid or get the hi end SSD from intel)
    3-its only fancy talk
    4-im an orange

    Still, its a trap from Apple to catch more noobs.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I know you were already quoted above, but picking AppleTalk to pick on? Really? Apple Talk came about or at least was used to network Mac computers in the early 90s (perhaps earlier, but I didn't have any experience with Macs until about '92). At that time a lot of universities had a lot of research going on in labs that used Macs. Using a Mac then was your only real shot at a good GUI and they needed something to talk between the computers.. Apple took a chance at establishing their own there and ultimately lost out, but it wasn't a complete failure, and I'd hardly use a 20+ year old Apple endeavor in a modern argument about Apple's failures.

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