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Apple Macintosh personal computers are unlikely to obtain support for USB 3.0 in foreseeable future as its chief executive officer Steve Jobs just does not see the technology taking off at "this time".

"We don’t see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example," said Mr. Jobs in a response to one of his emails, reports 9to5mac.com web-site.

At present USB 3.0 is not officially supported by chipsets from companies like Intel Corp. or Advanced Micro Devices, but loads of mainboards manufacturers nowadays install special external controllers to enable support of USB 3.0 which allows to connect external devices with maximum bandwidth of up to 400MB/s.

It is noteworthy that Apple is rather demonstratively does not adopt modern technologies as it believes that they are either not needed at all or they are not needed now. For example, Apple does not have a single system with a Blu-ray disc drive, it also did not install Secure Digital card readers into its machines until very recently.

Given the fact that Intel will not support USB 3.0 using its own core-logic sets even in 2011, it can be expected that Apple will only get appropriate technology sometime in 2012, about three years after the first Windows-based PCs with USB 3.0 emerged.

Tags: Apple, Intel, USB

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"We don’t see USB 3 taking off at this time."

They didn't see FireWire 800 taking off on the mainstream either but still pushed for it. The reality is that a lot of Apple consumers care more about portability (<3lbs), build quality and aesthetics, rather the outright performance features.

For Apple, they don't have to pay extra for an NEC/Marvell USB 3.0 chip and can continue to sell C2D, 2GBs of ram MacBook Air for $1299. Less $ spent on additional features, the higher the profit margins for Apple.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 11/01/10 08:05:30 PM]
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Apple does not want USB 3.0 to take off because they are pushing "Light Peak" with Intel and Sony. It is all about royalties.
0 0 [Posted by: bathswana  | Date: 11/02/10 02:18:35 AM]
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USB 3.0 is the BEST port out there. 3.2Gbps is awesome. There are already some adapters that you can connect 2 PC with USB 3.0 for a maximum link speed of 3Gbps.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 11/04/10 04:13:06 AM]
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