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

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

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

  1. Very likely with Ivy Bridge

    53.1%
  2. Maybe

    25.0%
  3. Not at all

    15.6%
  4. I don't care.

    6.3%
  1. macrumors 6502a

    Woodcrest64

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    Aug 14, 2006
    #1
    Just wondering if we will see USB 3.0 in the next MacBook Air
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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  3. macrumors G4

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    Oct 23, 2010
    #3
    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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