Report: Light Peak coming first to Apple Macs in first half of 2011

“A technology developed by Intel and backed by Apple is expected to appear earlier than previously thought, paving the way for very-high-speed connections on both PCs and Macs,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET.

“Light Peak is now on track to appear in products in the first half of 2011–and likely earlier in the year than later, according to an industry source familiar with the progress of the technology,” Crothers reports. “Light Peak is significantly faster than even USB 3.0, carrying data at 10 gigabits per second in both directions simultaneously.”

Crothers reports, “Apple is expected to back Light Peak, if past comments from Intel still hold. Shortly after its annual developer conference in 2009, Intel said that it had showed the technology to third parties, got feedback, then incorporated the feedback into the next design, adding, at that time, that “Apple is an innovating force in the industry.” (Apple has reportedly claimed that it conceived the idea for Light Peak.) If Apple implements Light Peak, it would be a safe bet that the company will have a lot to say about the technology–maybe with a catchy name in tow. And it would probably not be wild speculation to say that Apple would want to be the first to use it.”

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  1. “So again, Apple isn’t behind, they’re actually further ahead than everyone thought.” —3rdKidney

    The day that Steve Jobs can’t stay ahead of the pack is the day he’ll retire. He lives to push the envelope. Politeness is seriously overrated. It would be a much better world if there were more people like Steve Jobs.

  2. LightPeak might be nice in 3 years, but right now Mac users are disgusted to not have build options or at least Apple support of:

    – FW3200
    – USB3
    – BluRay
    – SDDs
    – more stock RAM

    If Apple does it, then every other manufacturer will follow.

  3. So. This likely means that Apple will ONLY support LP and not also allow USB 3.0 as an option. USB 3.0 is currently available on PC’s. LP may already be too late and we’ll have the same tug of war we had when FW and USB 2.0 were out together. That would not be good. I have no doubt LP will be superior. But I hope Apple also upgrades to USB 3 so we don’t lose the ability to use peripherals that don’t use, or don’t want to use, LP.

    I agree with Mike, at least with the first three items on his list.

  4. @HG Wells
    FireWire was and remains superior to USB2. USB3 is transitional, like the Kindle. Light Peak is OPTICAL and can do the job of MANY ports simultaneously.

    Don’t worry, in their downward death spiral, Windows and their devoted minions will continue to support your precious parallel, serial, VGA and USB ports!

    Now that Apple has reached the mythical 10% marketshare (and climbing) AND even Windows apologists will reluctantly acknowledge Apple’s role as tend setter and industry leader, Light Peak compliant peripherals will roll out and be FAR MORE quickly accepted than even FireWire was!

    Just for a moment, imagine iOS devices with Light Peak ports instead of the ubiquitous Dock Connector.

    Imagine… I wonder if you can….

  5. LightPeak in 2011?, good!

    Another reason to hold off buying a new Mac.

    That and seeing how much Apple is going to close the gates in regards to the Mac App Store in OS X Lion.

    So far I hear even “open” and “free” software on the Mac App Store will require DRM (that’s Digital Rights Management or Copy Protection) to lock it to the machine, keep it from being altered and then transmitted under their umbrella.

    Will be very interesting to see how all this plays out, on the sidelines.

  6. Wasn’t the reason for dropping FW for USB something to do with size? As devices got smaller it wasn’t possible to place the FW port in them. I take it as Light Peak would only be used if it’s connections are small enough. I’m guessing they better be VERY small the way things are going, otherwise they’ll continue to use USB 2 and 3.

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