USB 3.0 charge too?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by applefiend95, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. applefiend95 macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2012
    does anyone know if the USB 3.0 on the new iMac will also serve as a charging port for the iPad...?
  2. Lucas Godfrey macrumors 6502

    Lucas Godfrey

    Jul 12, 2010
    Somewhere between Here and There
    i dont think so, as far as im aware the new lightning connector is still based on usb 2.0 tech.
    so it only provides 5 watts/volts w/e
    You'd think with a name like lightning it would have been for the thunderbolt port but hey.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I am sure it will. I can charge my iPad 4 with the Lightning cable on the USB 2 port on my Thunderbolt display, and also on the USB 3 port on my 2012 Macbook Air. I see no reason the new iMac would not work also.

    It will not charge as fast as the iPad wall charger, but it will charge.

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