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Posted at 8:06 AM ET, 02/21/2011

Reports: High-speed Light Peak connection in new MacBook Pro, iPad 2?

By Hayley Tsukayama

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Apple is expected to announce a MacBook refresh on Feb. 24, and CNET reported that one of the upgrades may be the inclusion of Intel's super-fast Light Peak connection.

Light Peak, which Intel hopes will unify cable connections, originated as a fiber optic connection. The company is currently using copper instead of light. The connection transfers information faster than even USB 3.0, at about 10 gigabits per second.

It's believed that Apple will be using the technology under a different name. MacRumors has suggested that the iPad 2 will also use Light Peak technology. Some are throwing cold water on the Light Peak speculation, saying that an addition like that would warrant its own press event and, as of now, there has been no indication that Apple is planning an even this week.

A refresh, however, is still likely. 9 to 5 Mac reported that Apple stalled all new MacBook Pro orders for three to five days, fueling suspicion that the Feb. 24, and sources told Apple Insider that mysterious sealed shipments from Apple would arrive at stores today, to be opened later.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 21, 2011; 8:06 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, Computers, Gadgets  
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FOLKS

I CAN'T SAY THAT THE WORLD HAS BEEN WAITING BREATHLESSLY FOR INTEL'S USB 3. NOR HAS THE MOBILE WORLD DUTIFULLY ADOPTED 'ATOM;.

'LIGHT PEAK' BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF FIREWIRE STIMULATING INTEL INTO USB.

'ATOM' WAS THE SUBJECT OF SEVERAL EXECUTIVE LEVEL COMMENTS INSULTING STEVE JOBES FOR NOT IMMEDIATELY EMBRACING ATOM. EACH INSULT WAS IMMEDIATELY RETRACTED, WITH APOLOGIES. so michael dell is an arrogant dork, and not being to share a stage with steve Ballmer would't ruin your day

AS AN INDUSTRY WIZARD, YOU STILL HAVE AN INTEL BIAS. THE LOGIC DEVICES INSIDE the APPLE iSERIS PRODUCTS (YOU KNOW, THE REALLY PROFITABLE ONES), ARE THE PRODUCT OF ARM TECHNOLOGIES (ARMH). MICROSOFT IS NOW A NEW CUSTOMER OF ARM.

THE BREADTH AND SCOPE OF ARM IS STAGGERING. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT AT ONE TIME THE THE WERE THE WORLDS MAJOR PRODUCER OF COMPUTERS.

I KNOW THAT NOT HAVING A FAB, IS INTERPRETED AS BEING A DE FACTO SECOND TIER PLAYER. IT WOULD DO THE COMPUTING COMMUNITY AN INTELLECTUAL BOOST IF THEY WERE TO BROADEN THEIR PERSPECTIVE BEYOND INTEL, AMD, ETC.

WHAT IF.......MAC OS 6... IS BEGINNING TO ADOPT MANY OF THE TRAITS OF THE ARM BASED OIS OPERATING SYSTEM......OS7 WILL BE ALL INTEL. "BUT APPLICATIONS{" WITH "APPS" BUILT IN?

JK

Posted by: joelkruissink | February 24, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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