USB 3.0 Not Taking Off This Time - Steve Jobs

Apple Macs Not Getting USB 3.0 "This Time"

by Anton Shilov
10/31/2010 | 11:07 PM

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 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.