I just for the first time took a look at the new OWC dock & external storage solution for Mac Mini. http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/0...orage-for-macbook-air-mac-pro-and-enterprise/ I note with great interest that it has USB3 downstream ports and a USB3 upstream port. Also esata. But no Thunderbolt. So what does this mean? Is it *conceivable* that they would have put all the necessary r&d and production cost into this device, simply "hoping" that the 2012 mini will have USB3 ports? No chance. I think it is *far* more likely that as a significant Apple partner/developer/manufacturer, they have access to information under tight NDA that gives them details about forthcoming models, so they can make the right design decisions. This device would be a dead-duck of a product if the new Mini's don't have USB3 (because to connect it only via USB2 or FW800 would mean having USB3 and esata ports on it is a waste of time), and I think this is pretty good evidence that USB3 is coming soon.