Do 'you' think we will see USB 3.0 in the next AIR??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Woodcrest64, Mar 30, 2012.


Do you think we will see USB 3.0 in the next MacBook Air

  1. Very likely with Ivy Bridge

  2. Maybe

  3. Not at all

  4. I don't care.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2006
    Just wondering if we will see USB 3.0 in the next MacBook Air
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    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.

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