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Old Jan 27, 2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Im sorry for the incredibly dumb question, but do iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices? My model is the late 2011 model (before this new thin model).

before i buy an external hard drive i am unsure if it can take USB 3.0
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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Im sorry for the incredibly dumb question, but do iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices? My model is the late 2011 model (before this new thin model).

before i buy an external hard drive i am unsure if it can take USB 3.0
I'm afraid your model only supports USB 2.0.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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Im sorry for the incredibly dumb question, but do iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices? My model is the late 2011 model (before this new thin model).

before i buy an external hard drive i am unsure if it can take USB 3.0
No, your model comes with USB 2.0 ports.

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Old Jan 27, 2013, 12:43 PM   #4
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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Even though your iMac only has USB2.0 the actual answer to your question is yes iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 02:34 PM   #6
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Even though your iMac only has USB2.0 the actual answer to your question is yes iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices.
That's not true for the OP's iMac. Only 2012 Mac models support USB 3.0.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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That's not true for the OP's iMac. Only 2012 Mac models support USB 3.0.
What I said is true. I never said that the OP's iMac supported USB3. I said that his iMac only has USB2.0 and that yes iMacs do come equipped for USB 3.0 devices. Both things I said are accurate and true.

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do iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices?
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 02:55 PM   #8
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What I said is true. I never said that the OP's iMac supported USB3. I said that his iMac only has USB2.0 and that yes iMacs do come equipped for USB 3.0 devices. Both things I said are accurate and true.

His question is below.
The OP was asking about their 2011 iMac. The answer to the question is, "No, all earlier iMacs, including your 2011 iMac, do not come equipped for USB 3.0 devices. Only 2012 iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices." Or, if you prefer, "Yes, some iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices, but not yours."
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What I said is true. I never said that the OP's iMac supported USB3. I said that his iMac only has USB2.0 and that yes iMacs do come equipped for USB 3.0 devices. Both things I said are accurate and true.

His question is below.
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"Yes, some iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices, but not yours."
I would agree with saying it that way.

I answered the question just as he asked it.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 03:27 PM   #11
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Actually brand is correct.

1. OP's iMac does not have USB3
Reason: It's the 2011 model

2. All iMacs comes shipped with USB3
Reason: Because all currently shipped iMacs are of the 2012 model which has USB3.

So can we move on from that?
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 03:32 PM   #12
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All iMacs comes shipped with USB3
False. All 2012 iMacs come with USB 3.0. All earlier models, some of which ship currently as refurb models, do not.

The OP did not ask about 2012 iMacs or currently shipped new iMacs. The OP clearly stated they were asking about their 2011 iMac, which does not support USB 3.0. It is misleading to state otherwise. Read all of the original post, in context:

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Im sorry for the incredibly dumb question, but do iMacs come equipped for USB 3.0 devices? My model is the late 2011 model (before this new thin model).

before i buy an external hard drive i am unsure if it can take USB 3.0
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 03:45 PM   #13
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False. All 2012 iMacs come with USB 3.0. All earlier models, some of which ship currently as refurb models, do not.

The OP did not ask about 2012 iMacs or currently shipped new iMacs. The OP clearly stated they were asking about their 2011 iMac, which does not support USB 3.0. It is misleading to state otherwise. Read all of the original post, in context:
Good grief, hello Mr. Police
You know, brand also said that OP's model did not have USB3, thus answering OP's question about if his model supports USB3. Lighten up.
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Why don't you buy Thunderbolt-attached storage like the 4TB Seagate Backup Plus with the Backup Plus Thunderbolt Adapter, Western Digital MyBook Thunderbolt Duo or the LaCie Little Big Disk instead?
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Nevertheless, OPs imac 2011 is equipped for USB3. Like every computer from the last 10 years.
It just wont get the benefit of the speed of a USB3-interface.

But when it comes to buy an external HD today, than of course one would buy a device with USB3. It's compatible with older USB2-hardware.
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Nevertheless, OPs imac 2011 is equipped for USB3. Like every computer from the last 10 years.
It just wont get the benefit of the speed of a USB3-interface.

But when it comes to buy an external HD today, than of course one would buy a device with USB3. It's compatible with older USB2-hardware.
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