One port to rule them all.
Are you starting to get excited about the wild transfer speeds of USB 3.0? You may want to rein it in a bit. If Apple has their way, dedicated ports will go the way of the dodo within the next couple of years. Hey, these are the guys who killed the floppy drive. If Apple wants to make the industry step forward, all they have to do is point.
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Rumor has it, the company plans to launch a new line of ultra-light MacBook Pros next week. Among other things, these laptops are rumored to pack Intel Light Peak technology. This one port is capable of replacing USB, FireWire, HDMI, DisplayPort, SATA and Ethernet ports. If Light Peak does show up in the new Pros, we can expect a major reduction in ports. Rather than having a bunch of different dedicated ports, Apple can just use a few Light Peak connectors.
It's the same functionality, but much smoother. Seamless is big with Steve Jobs, and this move brings the MacBook line one step closer to the iPad. Which, by the way, will now be able to get by with just one port.
Apple rumors are always flighty, unpredictable things. But this one makes sense. We know the technology is out there, and it smells way too much like Cupertino to not see its break-out in a new Mac-device or iThing.
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Oh, and if next week's new Pro does launch with a Light Peak connector? Expect to see one in the new iPad as well. That ought to stop people from whining about a lack of USB.