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  • Light Peak Coming Soon to a Mac Near You


    Back in 2009, Intel presented an impressive demonstration of its new Light Peak high-speed connection technology at its developer conference. Now it seems that the technology is about ready to go and Apple may be the first company to implement it. Rumors suggest that Apple may include Light Peak technology with the next MacBook Pro refresh expected later this week. However, it is currently unclear if Intel has the technology ready for mass production as of yet.

    Light Peak is being developed by Intel as the “Holy Grail” of connection technology. They hope to use it as a replacement for all other cable connections currently in use today. Intel plans on using this technology to simplify the process of connecting computers and peripherals. According to Intel website, “Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, displays, disk drives, docking stations, and more.”

    Light Peak was originally supposed to use fiber-optic technology, but Intel recently stated that the initial version would instead use more traditional copper base lines instead. Even with this change, Light Peak still offers speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, which is significantly faster than USB 3.0. Apple has been reluctant to embrace USB 3.0 and may plan on waiting to use Light Peak instead.

    Apple most likely will not use the name Light Peak, however, and instead brand the technology in some other way. Apple has done this before when they chose to use the name Firewire instead of the less sexy term for the connection technology, IEEE 1384. If Apple is in fact the first company to use Light Peak technology, then they will likely change the name to market it as an Apple branded technology instead. Apple is not the only company currently interested in the technology, however, as Sony has expressed an interest in Light Peak as well.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Light Peak Coming Soon to a Mac Near You started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      I am instantly jealous. Sounds like a revolution, SJ! I can imagine it already.

      SJ: Yup, that's it everyone!
      *everyone gets up
      SJ: WAIT!!! I accidentally forgot something really important!!!
      *Everyone sits back down
      SJ: Today we are introducing a new revolution... Blank, aka light peak.
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      I am instantly jealous. Sounds like a revolution, SJ! I can imagine it already.

      SJ: Yup, that's it everyone!
      *everyone gets up
      SJ: WAIT!!! I accidentally forgot something really important!!!
      *Everyone sits back down
      SJ: Today we are introducing a new revolution... Blank, aka light peak.
      Jizz, In my pants.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post
      Apple most likely will not use the name Light Peak, however, and instead brand the technology in some other way. Apple has done this before when they chose to use the name Firewire instead of the less sexy term for the connection technology, IEEE 1384. If Apple is in fact the first company to use Light Peak technology, then they will likely change the name to market it as an Apple branded technology instead. Apple is not the only company currently interested in the technology, however, as Sony has expressed an interest in Light Peak as well.
      Isn't Firewire is IEEE 1394 not 1384?
      If Light Peak already has a name that isn't just a silly number why would Apple change that and confuse consumers? Mac's would say one thing but peripherals would say Light Peak. With Firewire, because it didn't have a recognizable name already, everyone started using the term Firewire.
      Just doesn't make sense to be honest.

      Apple can introduce this if they want, but good luck using anything with it. The world is already embracing USB3 and Apple is gonna have widely un-used ports on their machines again.
    1. Tylervalo's Avatar
      Tylervalo -
      Wrong thread.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      I WANT THAT ON MY PC!!!!!!!!
      This could be huge, hooking up an HDD and a mouse on the same connector? amazing!
    1. CaptBojank's Avatar
      CaptBojank -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Apple can introduce this if they want, but good luck using anything with it. The world is already embracing USB3 and Apple is gonna have widely un-used ports on their machines again.
      I have yet to see anyone, anywhere, using USB 3. I haven't seen USB 3 devices in the stores and I haven't seen any computers capable of using it.

      That said, I read somewhere (no source, sorry) that the ports are the same as USB, with added connectors so a regular USB would work in it. If anywhere knows for sure, please chime in.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Isn't Firewire is IEEE 1394 not 1384?
      If Light Peak already has a name that isn't just a silly number why would Apple change that and confuse consumers? Mac's would say one thing but peripherals would say Light Peak. With Firewire, because it didn't have a recognizable name already, everyone started using the term Firewire.
      Just doesn't make sense to be honest.

      Apple can introduce this if they want, but good luck using anything with it. The world is already embracing USB3 and Apple is gonna have widely un-used ports on their machines again.
      I'm sure a good number of ppl haven't even heard the Light Peak name before, so if Apple uses it and changes the name I don't think it'll be a big deal.

      This will definitely help Apple with sales; can't wait for it to come out!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptBojank View Post
      I have yet to see anyone, anywhere, using USB 3. I haven't seen USB 3 devices in the stores and I haven't seen any computers capable of using it.

      That said, I read somewhere (no source, sorry) that the ports are the same as USB, with added connectors so a regular USB would work in it. If anywhere knows for sure, please chime in.
      My external HDD is USB 3 Just about anything like this that is a NEW model coming to amrket is rolling out with USB 3. They certainly make them, but your average peripheral has no need for the throughput capabilities. I am talking mice, keyboards, hell even webcams. Just about the only benefit I see is external hard drives and other storage devices (this includes video camera storage, of course). For most things USB 3 isn't going to provide a noticable improvement over USB 2.

      For lightpeak (or whatever they finally decide to name it) to do well, I think it would be very beneficial to allow the use of the USB type port. I imagine this is patented to the max, however, and it would be foolish from the owners of USB to allow it. Not saying they didn't/won't but I know I wouldn't!
    1. steelersfan32's Avatar
      steelersfan32 -
      Old news, I read this months ago.

      That being said as long it's backwards compatible I am welcome to the change.
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      I use all the ports on my MacBook pro 17" i7 but one the Internet cable being I use wifi instead.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I'm sure a good number of ppl haven't even heard the Light Peak name before, so if Apple uses it and changes the name I don't think it'll be a big deal.

      This will definitely help Apple with sales; can't wait for it to come out!
      But I'm saying Apple will have their machines branded with Super Magic Port or whatever, but peripherals will say Light Peak on the box.
      A good number of people still haven't heard of FireWire

      Can HDDs and SSDs even read/write to the speeds of light peak or USB3? It's like having a Lamborghini that can do 200mph but the speed limit is still 50mph.
    1. farfromovin's Avatar
      farfromovin -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Can HDDs and SSDs even read/write to the speeds of light peak or USB3? It's like having a Lamborghini that can do 200mph but the speed limit is still 50mph.
      No, it's like building a road to safely travel at 1000mph but your Lamborghini can only do 200. So you grab your 4 friends with lambos and all 5 of you do 200mph side by side lol.
    1. nicrfe's Avatar
      nicrfe -
      Light peek over copper. They can call it sorta shinny peek
    1. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
      SoCal Railroader -
      We all know where FireWire went, nowhere. USB 3.0 is fast enough for most, probably faster than many will even need, and it's here and backwards compatible.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Railroader View Post
      We all know where FireWire went, nowhere. USB 3.0 is fast enough for most, probably faster than many will even need, and it's here and backwards compatible.
      Yup, Apple even stopped supporting FireWire on their devices, and removed it from their consumer level laptops.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      But I'm saying Apple will have their machines branded with Super Magic Port or whatever, but peripherals will say Light Peak on the box.
      A good number of people still haven't heard of FireWire

      Can HDDs and SSDs even read/write to the speeds of light peak or USB3? It's like having a Lamborghini that can do 200mph but the speed limit is still 50mph.
      Well the article made it sound like whoever gets the technology first gets to name it. That's what I was basing my comment on But I see what you mean.
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      too compatible backwards i'm...