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Apple about to add Light Peak to Macs?


According to CNET sources, Apple is set to introduce a new "high-speed connection technology" very soon. The most obvious new connection type this could be is Light Peak, a sort of jack-of-all-trades connection technology. Light Peak allows one interface to be used to connect pretty much any device you can plug into a computer, including displays, scanners, printers, external hard drives and even devices such as iPods and iPhones.

The obvious hardware to introduce the Light Peak connection interface (if that's what it is) on would be next week's rumored MacBook Pros; however, CNET's sources did not confirm that the new notebooks would be the first to sport the new interface. Additionally, CNET's sources claim Apple will not use the name "Light Peak" for the new technology, but instead brand it under a different name.

Light Peak was first previewed by by Intel in 2009 and is based on fiber optic technology, but instead of using light-based technology, it would use copper lines. Many have suspected Light Peak is the reason Apple has not updated its Macs with USB 3.0 -- Light Peak technology offers significantly faster data connections which top out at 10 gigabits per second in each direction. Intel originally said the first Light Peak-based products would ship in the first half of 2011.

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