Figuring out future USB 3.1 compatibility

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ychen, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. ychen macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    The latest iMacs still don't come with USB-C input and no USB 3.1 gen2 support.
    However, the Thunderbolt 2 speed can easily handle 3.1 gen2 speeds, but i haven't seen anywhere a mentions that such a adapter does or will exist.

    All is mentioned is that Thunderbolt 3 will be fully compatible with USB-C, but what is stopping current thunderbolt 2 working with future 3.1 gen2 devices using an adapter?
    Is there a technical limitation that doesn't allow that or will we be able to take advantage of upcoming USB 3.1 gen2 devices?

    Thanks

    YC
     
  2. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    First, there is likely to be an adapter as these things always show up (having lived through two generations of firewire and now 3+ generations of USB). But I can't imagine any USB 3.1 Gen 2 device that can actually use that speed that wouldn't have a thunderbolt port as well.

    Pretty much any RAID stripped SSD that would require a 3.1 /2 port would be thunderbolt compatible as well, or if for some reason it is not, you could just make sure you buy one that is.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Just don't even think about it there will be endless adapters and backwards compatability for about the next decade just like there has been with USB 2&3.
     

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