USB 3.0 Support on new MBPs?

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  1. stevemunoz macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to upgrade my 4.5 year old MBP with a Ivy Bridge updated MBP or iMac. Since my main use for this laptop is photo/video editing, I use several external drives as backups/scratch disks.

    Because of this, I'm wondering if Apple will finally use USB 3.0 ports since Ivy Bridge natively support it. Since Apple doesn't include eSATA ports, or USB 3.0, on its current laptops, and Thunderbolt drives are insanely priced, USB 3.0 would fit the bill to help with external drives until prices drop on the TB drives.

    Any rumors suggesting that Apple will support USB 3.0 on the next line of Laptops/Desktops?

    Thanks
     
  2. Liquinn Suspended

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    Why?
     
  3. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    Actually Intel now supports USB 3.0 on their boards and there is even talk about them being implemented in the new MBP's. The reason the ones in 2011 didn't have them is because the boards didn't support them with Thunderbolt, but these new ones apparently do.
     
  4. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    Extremely Likely.
     
  5. finnns2000 macrumors regular

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    Would be a welcome update. C'mon Cupertino, get with it.
     
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    nobody knows for sure, makes sense to have them but apple does things their way and that doesnt always make everbody happy.
     
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    He is a professional troll. Just look at his other posts.
     
  9. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    Apple is trying to push Thunderbolt as much as possible and having USB 3.0 wouldn't help out that much. Although it could drive lower Thunderbolt prices, high doubtful though.
     
  10. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    I am worried about them pulling some stunt like that and giving us a ******** reason as to why they couldn't put one in. I wouldn't put it past them.

    Having said that, there is no spacial or technological constraint to stop them from putting USB 3.0 in.
     
  11. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 can coexist easily.

    If Apple wants to push Thunderbolt at the expense of USB 3.0 ... Well that's a battle they're going to lose.
     
  12. tekno macrumors 6502a

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    Like Bluetooth file transfer on the iPhone, an SD slot on the iPad and releasing a new Mac Pro, USB 3.0 on Macs would be desirable and useful for the consumer.

    That's why they won't have it.

    But it's ok, you'll have the highly adopted and endlessly supported Thunderbolt.
     
  13. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    By the close of 2012, USB3 will become "the new standard" on all Macs.

    It will seal the fate of firewire (as firewire previously killed SCSI) and at the same time relegate thunderbolt to "esoteric status" (used only by a few).

    USB3 vs. Thunderbolt will become the VHS vs. BetaMax of modern Macs, and the buying public will make that decision...
     
  14. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    Because the blue in the USB 3.0 port clashes with the MacBook Pro's industrial design.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    There is a difference between a troll and a curmudgeon.
     
  16. Bear macrumors G3

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    This is probably the best reason why not. :rolleyes:

    Found on the web: "Although not explicitly required by the specification, manufacturers of USB products are advised to distinguish 3.0 connectors with the use of blue-colored plastic in the connection."

    So Apple could go with another color if they wanted to.
     
  17. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Ivy Bridge comes with USB 3.0 standard. Apple would have to literally go out of their way to NOT include it. Also USB 3.0 can carry 10 watts instead of 5 watts like USB 2.0. That means that you could charge an iPad on a computer at full speed.
     
  18. phonitron macrumors member

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    So those blue connectors would either become white or silver... Really hoping for USB 3.0!
     
  19. lilo777 macrumors 603

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    Apple can easily solve this problem by making MacBooks blue :D Industrial designs can be blue. If, on the other hand, Apple can't stand having more than one color on a device - they should go with blue laptops.
     
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    Agreed!
     
  21. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    5 Volts * 0.9 A are 4.5 Watts, not 10 (USB 3.0). And 5 Volts * 0.5 A are 2.5 Watts, not 5 (USB 2.0).
     
  22. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    Tim Cook is in charge now. He doesn't seem to be as petty as Steve Jobs could be...
     
  23. maflynn Moderator

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    Its built into the Ivy Bridge chipset so it will be included in the MBP
     
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    This. It's almost a guarantee. I hope they don't remove the FW800 and require a dongle for the TB port to use FW800.
     

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