Mar 30, 2012, 04:54 PM
Just wondering if we will see USB 3.0 in the next MacBook Air
Mar 30, 2012, 04:56 PM
You may find some relevant responses here:
Let's talk 2012 MacBook Air - what would you like to see? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1252106)
2012 MBA - What would be the ONE dealbreaker for you? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1327644)
USB 3.0 instead of T-bolt in new MBA refresh (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1178449)
Mar 30, 2012, 05:01 PM
It will be native to Ivy Bridge so there is really no reason for Apple not to include it. They won't need a separate USB 3.0 controller. Don't expect them to drop Thunderbolt, however. They'll just have both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.
I think the main reason it isn't in the current products is that it would require a separate controller, and there isn't enough room in the current logic board. Apple, being a proponent of Thunderbolt, chose to use the space to support Thunderbolt rather than USB 3.0. If you notice, notebooks often have only 1 USB 3.0 port and 1 or 2 USB 2.0 ports, partly because right now, USB 3.0 requires a separate controller. With Ivy Bridge, the compromise is no longer necessary.