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  • Donít Hold Your Breath for USB 3 on the Mac


    If youíve been pining away for USB 3 on the Mac, youíre going to have to wait a little while longer. The rumor mills have been buzzing lately, in anticipation of the arrival of USB 3, but now it seems that Steve Jobs has put an end to all of that. In a recent e-mail to Steve, Tom Kruk asked Appleís top man why it isnít possible to order a Mac with USB 3.0. Jobs, who in recent years has taken to personally responding to customerís e-mails with characteristically short responses, had this to say:

    ďWe donít see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example.Ē

    USB 3 is sure to come to the Mac eventually, however, but for now itís sitting on the sidelines with other great technologies such as Blu-ray. USB 3 is fast and would make a natural addition to any future Mac model. With transfer speeds upwards of 3.2 Gbit/sec compared to USB 2ís maximum bandwidth of 480 Mbit/s, itís no wonder people are clamoring for its adoption. Firewire remains a standard on most Macs, but its popularity has been on the decline in recent years. For most users, however, USB 2 will remain the easiest solution for adding peripherals to their computers. So there you have it, from the main man himself. No USB 3 for now at least.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Donít Hold Your Breath for USB 3 on the Mac started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. Shane818's Avatar
      Shane818 -
      even if he did but usb 3 there are not allot of usb 3 devices that support that speed
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      I don't know why they wouldn't. USB 3 has been much needed for a while. With the increase use of large external HDs and high resolution media, faster transfer speeds is an obvious necessity.
    1. Rob_Quads's Avatar
      Rob_Quads -
      The only reason Intel is not currently supporting it is because they are trying to push thier own LightPeak stuff.

      More and more stuff is now appearing for USB3. Maybe its main us is "only" transfering files around but as general files get bigger this will become more and more useful.
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      Well there is an ongoing arm wrestle behind the scenes with USB 3 and fibre optic cable and wireless USB and Intels Light Peak (which is developed by Intel but owned by,.. Apple). It's like the old vhs vs beta max battle years ago. Light Peak has speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s, where USB 3 is Gbit/s. So those who know, are waiting for the dominant standard emerge. Maybe USB 3, maybe fibre optics or wireless USB, perhaps Light Peak?? One day peripheral devices will most likely sync, connect and charge wirelessly.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Build you own at Kexts.com or InsanelyMac.com and load up OSX86. If you take a look at the iMac tech specs, they are not that impressive. You can easily build a better computer for much less.
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      Quote Originally Posted by boxxa View Post
      People are so unpatient and mostly becuase they don't understand numbers. Ya its great that USB3 can transfer at 3.2Gbps but you need devices that a) support the connection and b) support the speeds on the end device.

      Most USB devices out there don't support the high speed writing/reading to the memory yet so until that is more main stream, there wont be a big market unless it gets hyped by the media as the "must have" for no reason yet.
      As long as 3 is backwards compatible, I don't see this as a valid argument to hold off on upgrading the computer side of the hardware while waiting for additional devices supporting the spec.
    1. CaptBojank's Avatar
      CaptBojank -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Build you own at Kexts.com or InsanelyMac.com and load up OSX86. If you take a look at the iMac tech specs, they are not that impressive. You can easily build a better computer for much less.
      ?

      I think you are in the wrong thread dude.
    1. citopr's Avatar
      citopr -
      It's ok.. That's not that important.. It would've been cool but.. We'll survive... Just make LION really cool... lol
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      usb 3 would be cool.....if i needed it:P ha justkid yea it needs more support before I would want it because I dont want my mac full of outputs and inputs that I dont need.
    1. cirni's Avatar
      cirni -
      how about "FIREWIRE 4k"? or "4g"
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by katmeef View Post
      As long as 3 is backwards compatible, I don't see this as a valid argument to hold off on upgrading the computer side of the hardware while waiting for additional devices supporting the spec.
      How about the argument that until Steve jumps on the bandwagon it isn't cool and he will jump on it. It is the way the industry is heading. They have to hold out on minor hardware updates to try to justify next years new model. And the next year's after that. And after that.
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      How about the argument that until Steve jumps on the bandwagon it isn't cool and he will jump on it. It is the way the industry is heading. They have to hold out on minor hardware updates to try to justify next years new model. And the next year's after that. And after that.
      That's probably closer to the truth, we can't have everything all at once eh.
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      The way I see it is next year you will have a new Mac, MacBook/pro/air with USB2.0 then a couple if months later one with USB3.0 and people will be clambering over each other to get one.

      Only time jobs will add USB3.0 is when they see a big $$$£££ opportunity.

      Oh and when they use up all the old hardware they have purchased over the years as this would lead to loses if they just scraped them.
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      I don't know if apple will ever adopt USB 3, USB 2 fast enough, and, the way that apple is headed is away from physical things and towards wireless connections. I am a huge fan of this. No one needs CDs, DVDs, flash drives, any of that stuff because it all happens wirelessly. I hope to see apple get its wireless technology up to the same speed as wires, THAT would be a feat. Think wireless iPhone syncing, wireless backups, wireless speakers, wireless printing, it will soon all be wireless.