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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:30 PM   #1
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Could the iPad 2 Be Getting Light Peak?






Early iPad 2 case from Orange-Byte
After reading the report that Apple is planning to introduce its new Light Peak-based high speed interconnect technology "soon", it struck us that Light Peak could help explain some particularly incongruous rumors we've been hearing about the iPad 2 over the past few months.

First, is the presence of a "mystery port" on early iPad 2 case designs from third-party manufacturers. The case designs have been remarkably consistent and seem to be clearly sourced from the same design document. These early design documents aren't perfect (third-generation iPod touch camera being a notable example), but early case designs have generally done a good job predicting upcoming Apple hardware. Some have tried to identify the additional port as a Mini DisplayPort connector.

Others, however, felt it may represent the rumored iPad USB port that has been predicted a couple of times (1, 2) over the past few months.




Prototype Light Peak connector photo from PCPro.co.uk
As it turns out, the Light Peak prototypes have been using hybrid USB 3 connector connectors that might easily be confused for USB. The exact connector for Light Peak hasn't been described, but it may be close enough to USB to be a case of mistaken identity in the early iPad 2 rumors. The opening for the port may be a bit small for a full-sized USB connector, though it seems feasible that the Light Peak could also adopt a mini USB style form factor as well.

We should note that this is entirely speculative, but thought it could help explain some of the loose ends we've been seeing in the iPad 2 rumors to date. The addition of a new Light Peak port alongside the existing dock connector on the iPad seems like an inelegant solution for Apple, though it's certainly no stranger than Apple adding a standard USB port to the iPad.

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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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I wonder where the other end would plug into, though? Apple would need to release Macs that include the port. Light Peak does seem awesome on the whole. It would speed up synching and backing up tremendously.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:32 PM   #3
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Wow, really Arn?

We both know that not going to happen, not even an iota of a chance here, nada, zip, zero. Jeez, how could you even consider this?

Also, I would like to inquire as to why my first comment was deleted? It was clearly a placeholder, foul play at work here indeed.

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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:33 PM   #4
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Can these iPad rumors get any more ridiculous?
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:33 PM   #5
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If the iPad 2 gets Light Peak then surely there's got to be some new Macs that'll come with it soon.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:35 PM   #6
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Sure it will NOT.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:36 PM   #7
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Maybe they moved the SIM card slot. That's where it was on original iPhone 2G.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:36 PM   #8
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Until Apple shows it off.... We won't know... highly doubt it's light-peak seems like a stupid guess since no Apple products have it... might be a mic for facetime.... or a Death Star Laser
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:36 PM   #9
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:36 PM   #10
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That picture in the article is the original USB 3 connector before the optical link was scrapped.

The optical link has also been scrapped from Light Peak.

WirelessHD supports 28Gbps and WiGig supports 7Gbps - and can co-exist easily. They are wireless too. They don't have any interference because the 60GHz signal can't leave the room.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:36 PM   #11
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if the macs get it so will the ipad...no point in the macs having it if nothing else does. I seriously doubt it will look like USB that would be far too confusing, I hope they use an asymetrical plug or at least let it be plugged in upside down unlike usb
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:37 PM   #12
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Just to stem the hate. This is not a rumor. It's purely speculation, which we generaly avoid, but it raises an interesting topic.

The alternative explanations are:

1. no new port. case designs and rumors are wrong
2. USB port coming to iPad
3. Another type of port?

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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:38 PM   #13
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While that would be cool. You have to have a light peak connection at the other end. Or some kind of converter. Which probably wouldn't be cheap enough to include with iPads.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:38 PM   #14
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Oh brother. This is getting out of control. If PC's wont see it until later this year (or early next) there is almost no chance it suddenly shows up in an iPad now.

Still - this is Mac Rumors I suppose.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:39 PM   #15
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No, it isn't.
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I say unlikely. Is Lightpeak even finished yet?

I think USB.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:42 PM   #18
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And for what its worth. My money is light peak being integrated with the magsafe technology. This is an underutilized patent that apple has. They should be making all kinds of connections use the magsafe tech. Maybe even license it out so it becomes a standard, and make $$ in the process.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:43 PM   #19
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Sorry Arn but I still think it is the slot for the microphone. I could be wrong, but it just seems likely that an improved microphone is a good idea considering the video conferencing capabilities. I suppose the hole is too big for the kind of microphones Apple tends to use, but there is no reason they can't opt for something better/different. I dunno really but it's just my guess since none of these cases have a hole for a microphone on them (but the cases are based off a leaked design that could be wrong anyway).

Plus, what real purpose would lightpeak give it? The speed of the flash is still the limiting factor, not the transport. I just don't see it, nor do I see them adding a dedicated MDP connection (better to use the dock connector for that).
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Just to stem the hate. This is not a rumor. It's purely speculation, which we generaly avoid, but it raises an interesting topic.

The alternative explanations are:

1. no new port. case designs and rumors are wrong
2. USB port coming to iPad
3. Another type of port?

arn
I say another type of port... or port moved. Sim slot moved or could be competing with the Moto Xoom... (fingerprint reader)... not hoping, just speculating.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:47 PM   #22
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That'd be awesome! iPad will become a real computer yet.
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i really hope it's a USB.
It's time we are able to have a file management system on the iPad and iPhone.
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Old Feb 20, 2011, 09:52 PM   #24
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Hmm...seems funny after they dropped FireWire for USB on the iPods. Apple doesn't seem like it's about forcing new standards on people anymore (like when you had to buy a new printer for the original iMac as it only had USB). I think Apple seems much more driven to maintain market saturation and will stay as mainstream as possible to do so, unless LightPeak is somehow USB 2 compatible. I couldn't imagine an iPad that was only compatible with new MacBook Pros. On the other hand, they could let any computer sync via WiFi and then have LightPeak as an option.
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As there are no peripherals sporting Lightpeak connectors yet I think releasing the port on the iPad before putting it on any Mac makes sense. This would allow wide scale adoption of the protocol on a device ie: iPad and would allow 3rd parties to develop a slew of different peripherals for Lightpeak, which would then be available to be used on the next gen of Macs which will all feature Lightpeak finally.....
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