Is lightning USB 3?

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  1. Mjmar macrumors 65816

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    Still unsure of this after watching the keynote.
     
  2. penajmz macrumors 68030

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  3. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Unfortunately it isn't, which would have been nice because the new Macs have USB 3.
     
  4. Oracle1729 macrumors 6502a

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    Would have been fantastic if the new iPhone wouldn't work with any mac desktops or any macs at all more than 3 months old. Actually I'm surprised Timmy didn't do that.
     
  5. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    It'll be backwards compatible anyway, it would just be slower.
     
  6. penajmz macrumors 68030

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    USB 3 is backwards compatible so it would have worked.
     
  7. saud0488 macrumors 6502

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    wtf, it isn't?!

    Man, people will settle for anything from Apple
     
  8. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    I would be synching wirelessly anyway. I don't feel the need to tether my phone to my MacBook.
     
  9. Mjmar thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's not really a big deal, but it would have been nice to have with my new MBA
     
  10. applesith macrumors 68030

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    I don't know why they called it Lightning. No USB 3. No Thunderbolt. Nothing faster.
     
  11. Oracle1729 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Actually them I'm surprised it is just usb 2. 64 gig at 480mbps is kind of sluggish.
     
  12. throAU macrumors 601

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    With iCloud and wifi sync, I suspect apple's only intention for the dock connector is charging, and media playing, which is doable with USB2 just fine.

    Yes, USB3 would be nice. However it is a new chipset that few will actually use regularly.
     
  13. Oracle1729 macrumors 6502a

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    Actually I just had my 4s 16-gig replaced under warranty, the "genius" recommended I backup and restore over iCloud....that was an agonizing couple of hours over the apple store net connection.

    Even at it's best the iPhone 5 wi-fi speed will be 1/4th as fast as usb 2, and my wi-fi never beats 10% of theoretical (I live in a very densely populated area).

    I guess it doesn't really matter since USB2 is not a deal-breaker for me, but the dinky screen is.
     
  14. throAU macrumors 601

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    true, but the point is that if you leave wifi/icloud sync ON - you're not trying to do a full 16/32/64gb backup when you hit "go" (or plug in the cable").

    it will silently run in the background while you do other stuff.

    You turn on wifi sync/icloud sync and forget about it.

    That's the "apple way" (user has to do nothing) - plugging cables in and manually syncing has knobs on it.


    I'm not saying that suits everyone. But it's the vision apple have for most of their devices.
     
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