Apple Might Speed Up Lightning Transfers By Offering Full USB 3.0 Support On iOS Devices [Rumor]

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Even though Apple’s new Lightning connector is super easy to use and quicker than the old 30-pin connectors, it could be better. Right now, the Lightning port on iOS devices doesn’t transfer data at USB 3.0 speeds, even though it’s thought to be able to support it.

A recent listing on Apple’s jobs site might be clueing us in that Apple wants to boost transfer speeds on iOS devices by adding USB 3.0 support.

The job listing calls for a Senior Software Quality Engineer (USB) to join the USB Connectivity Compliance QA Team. Qualified individuals are expected to have knowledge of high speed bus device testing for both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, along with knowledge of USB triggering and analysis and some other Electrical Engineering and Computer Science skills.

The new hire might be used to help implement the USB 3.0 standard into iOS devices. but seems how it’s just a job posting with few details on what the¬†individual¬†would actually be doing, we don’t really know for sure. However, Apple did add USB 3.0 ports on the newer Macs, so it seems like it’d be a waste if Apple doesn’t update iOS devices to take advantage of those soon, so we think it’s a safe bet that USB 3.0 support will be coming in the future.

  • ChadMobley

    Now I don’t understand the engineer aspect of these cables so much but would this just simply be a factor of updating the software on the iOS device to allow the speed pass through using the current Lightning cables or would this require new versions of the Lightning cable?

  • joewaylo

    Shouldn’t that be technically possible by Wireless N?

  • hanhothi

    Now I don’t understand the engineer aspect of these cables so much but would this just simply be a factor of updating the software on the iOS device to allow the speed pass through using the current Lightning cables or would this require new versions of the Lightning cable?

    Depends on whether the Lightening cables are already USB3 compliment. The higher data transfer speeds need better quality cables. When USB2 came out, the old USB1.1 cables were not up to the job, new ones needed to be purchased. Same for USB3 cables.

    We all know (if not openly acknowledge) that Apple rips us off. A whole new batch of overpriced USB3 Complient cables would be a money spinner for them. And they have a history of releasing half-arsed initial products that are upgraded in the next generation. Examples? iPad Original with no camera, iPad Mini without Retina screen. Want more examples? Why was Lightening NOT USB3 Complient in the first place? Open your wallets iPeople!

  • munpip214

    Updating the cables may be necessary, but it is not really the issue. The biggest issue for apple to add USB3 is not the software or the cables, but actually to implement it in the hardware. Apple will have to add USB3 to it’s next SoC, which we might not see until iPhone 5S or 6. But really, how often do most people plug in their devices nowadays, especially with iCloud and iTunes Match?

  • ekim1406

    do you guys have an editor?

  • Koban4max

    I want 3.0 on macPRO.

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