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Is Light Peak Destined For iPad 2?

by on February 22nd, 2011

Recent reports have pointed to Apple adopting the new “Light Peak” high speed interconnect technology, which is faster than USB 3.0, on its future Mac products. With recent iPad 2 cases featuring mystery cut-outs, those ports are now also believed to possibly include Light Peak.

With iPad 2 cases, as seen below, including these mystery ports, many have previously speculated that it is a port for USB. In other words, it is the idea that Apple would include both a dock connector and USB cable in the next-generation iPad.

One of the reasons that this rumor is consistently appearing is that the purported iPad 2 case designs have all been very similar from various third-party manufacturers, most of which include these mystery ports.

The idea of Light Peak being adopted in the second-generation iPad spawns from the possibility of Apple using the technology in their future Mac products. Moreover, Light Peak prototypes have been using hybrid USB 3 connectors, which can be easily mistaken for USB, leading many to speculate that the iPad 2 will include USB.

With the expected upcoming iPad 2 release, adopting Light Peak in the next iPad has about the same chance as USB being adopted. In either case, as seen in these iPad 2 case designs, USB or Light Peak may very well show up this Spring 2011.

[MacRumors]

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