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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. sungod661's Avatar
      sungod661 -
      hmmm usb 3 i like it
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Come on Steve, get on the USB-3 train!
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      Yeah WTF. It's quicker and faster yet it's on the sidelines. I mean he'll FireWire is on the "decline" so what's the problem. Bring on the USB 3
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      we know that apple will put it on as soon as they can. be patient guys. im sure steve wants usb 3 but theres a reason it wont be on yet.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Does the usb 3 affected battery life?
    1. CaptBojank's Avatar
      CaptBojank -
      I haven't seen USB 3 in the wild yet, has anyone else? Aside from hard-drives, it's not that big of a deal.
    1. bootloader's Avatar
      bootloader -
      i'm happy with firewire 8.0 for now
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      It sounds really fast, but also far down the road
    1. zim_from_IPH's Avatar
      zim_from_IPH -
      Why not eSATA? I like eSATA one of my friends has it on his dell and we were going to hackintosh over it because of the insane connection speed. Unfortunately we needed a power cable.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      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.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I think we should wait instead of just adding it to Mac right away. Not only there isn't enough devices that support USB 3, but also it needs to be tested or unforeseen consequences will happen.
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      USB isn't even in the wild yet. Sure, you can go out and buy a card that has USB 3 plug-ins, but hardly any computers are supporting it standard. And most mainstream devices don't support USB 3 itself, let alone the insane read/write speeds necessary to run it.

      Right now, the only practical use for USB 3 is copying files from one computer to another, and even then the hard drives can't write or read the files being sent and received fast enough for it to make a difference.

      In the future, I'm sure USB 3 will be the standard but as the poster said, right now USB 2 is still the way to go for peripherals.
    1. bootloader's Avatar
      bootloader -
      It could be made backware to run 2.0 device's they did it from 2.0 to 1.1 usb
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Sounds like it's partially Intels issue...
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      There are motherboards that been out since the beginning of the year that has both 2.0 and 3.0. External harddrive are now releasing with usb 3.0. We'll be getting a 3tb external drive soon and transferring large amounts of data with usb2.0 is going to take a very very long time.
    1. Jackf's Avatar
      Jackf -
      I have USB3 on my H55M-USB3 snoow leopard hackintosh! With a couple of modded kexts works a treat!
    1. mardinn's Avatar
      mardinn -
      Haha.. Sooner or later Steve is going to say that USB is a dying technology. What a Guy..seriously..
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      ^he admitted firewire was which is true. he may be controlling for some products but he doesnt like to have his computers and laptops full of inputs and outputs, so when he feels that usb 3 has become a standard, well wee them on macs
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      redsn0w 0.9.6b2 for Windows: http://is.gd/gyxfw for OSX: http://is.gd/gyxhn .. Details in blog post next...
    1. NumbaOneI's Avatar
      NumbaOneI -
      Looks like a printer cable n a v3 razr charger combined together. Weird.