New Apple patent says Thunderbolt and USB 30 compatible iPhones coming

first_imgOver a month ago, Apple introduced their newest interface port, Thunderbolt. Previously called LightPeak, the interface standard was built off of DisplayPort technology and aimed to consolidate USB, display, audio and networking cables into one superport, all the while offering superior speeds to even USB 3.0.Right now, only Apple’s MacBook Pro supports Thunderbolt, but clearly they expect for the format to take off. What will help take off Thunderbolt in the long run is an in-demand gadget supporting Thunderbolt… and it’s easy to see that if Apple allowed their line-up of iDevices to sync with Thunderbolt, there’d be a very clear reason for end users to upgrade.AdChoices广告For that matter, you can say the same thing for USB 3.0? iOS device backups and syncing take a long time. So when will Apple start rolling out iPhones that will be compatible with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0? A new Apple patent may give us a hint.Apple’s patent is for a “Reduced Size Milti-Pin Male Plug Connector” and large describes a smaller 30-pin dock connector, but inside of the wording of the patent, there’s explicit mention of new support in the iPod Dock Connector for new transmission technologies.“Some embodiments of the present invention can provide support for one or more new high-speed communication standards,” the patent filing read, which then goes on to cite USB 3.0 and DisplayPort as examples of these standards.Whither Thunderbolt, then? Well, this patent was filed for in 2009, while Thunderbolt was just a glimmer in Apple’s eye. However, it’s worth noting that DisplayPort is the technology on which Apple and Intel built Thunderbolt, so there’s nothing stopping Apple from using this patent to inform future iOS dock connectors that are both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt compatible. And trust us, they will.Read more at Apple Insiderlast_img

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