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Upcoming iMacs, Mac Pros to use USB 3.0, higher-speed FW?

updated 09:55 am EDT, Fri July 16, 2010

New iMacs not expected until fall

Modernizing peripheral connections should be a major emphasis in Apple's next desktop upgrades, a "well-informed" source tells MacBidouille. The iMac and Mac Pro are both expected to gain USB 3.0 ports, allowing substantially faster device connections, up to 5Gbps. Such speeds could prove especially useful in syncing iPhones, iPods and iPads, though the devices themselves would need new ports to see the benefit.

The Mac Pro, at least, should also get FireWire 1600 or 3200 connections, in the latter case permitting transfers up to 3.2Gbps. Apple is said to be interested in Light Peak as well, which permits speeds up to 10Gbps, but it may not be in a position to build computers with the technology for about a year. The source adds that new Mac Pros should be out by the end of the summer, while new iMacs may come out several weeks later. As usual, neither is anticipated to have a Blu-ray option.

by MacNN Staff




    Joined: Dec 1969


    Express 3?

    I would like to see the new Express 3 bus inside the machine. This would be more important that either USB 3 or FW 3200, as either could be added with a board later.

    The Express 3 final specs have been finished, and are expected to be in machines later this year. I hope Apple is one of the first.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great news

    This is great news. Like many others, my upgrades are driven by a list of must-have features that justify the expense. USB 3.0, and an iPad-like LCD screen are two of the musts for a laptop upgrade, along with much improved battery life and meeting the latest Bluetooth spec, the one that should be perfect for synching various gadgets quickly.

    For my iPod touch, the list is a bit longer: a quality camera with flash, GPS, and a built-in mike. (I'm quite happy with T-Mobile. I want a touch that's an iPhone without the pricey, poor quality AT&T cellular service.) And as my office-on-the-go, a slightly larger screen would be great. That's why rumors of a 5.6-inch-screen iPad have me intrigued. 'Will it include a camera and GPS?' is the big question.

    Apple marketing is failing to make a clever move. It should be including GPS in all iPads and iPod touchs with more than the minimum memory. It'd encourage upscale purchasing by making the better model more than just more flash memory.

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wow, that long?

    It seems that the iMac should have been updated weeks ago, when the Mac mini was. (last year they had both been released at the same time) not to mention the MacPro last being updated March 2009. But I guess if the parts/technology aren't ready, they will have to wait.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Great news

    Sorry, none of this news has anything to do with your future laptop purchases.

    And Apple doesn't add features to product lines for the mere niceness or usability. There has to be a cost benefit to it. If keeping the GPS in just the iPhone helps push more iPhones vs. iPods, they'll do that. They could give a c*** whether it would be better for the consumer.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Firewire and Lightpeak

    People still hoping on the Firewire train I see. Haven't these rumor sites figured out Apple has no interest in faster firewire (for, if they did, they'd be pushing it already to the makers of hardware in order to get some peripherals out there). Plus, they want people to connect to their cloud, not a bunch of external devices and the like.

    And, gee, what a shocker that Light Peak won't be around for at least another year. The way some people talked on these boards, Light Peak was all but ready to fly last year, despite the fact it barely reached silicon stage. h***, people were upset earlier this year that new Macs didn't magically include LightPeak to solve all their problems (their problems being "I've got a boat load of money to spend on new peripherals, I need a reason!").

  1. kashi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No Blu-ray, no upgrade.

    I really would like to get a 27' imac and a new mini, but not without blu-ray.

    Steve Jobs needs to understand that physical media is not dead. Many people don't want digital downloads. Blu-ray is now a legitimate media, and Apple is falling behind.

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