Next Mac Pro To Have USB 3.0, FireWire 1600/3200 Ports?

Next Mac Pro To Have USB 3.0, FireWire 1600/3200 Ports?

The Mac Pro is about due for another update, and while Steve Jobs has pretty explicitly ruled out Blu-Ray support in any foreseeable Mac refreshes, the sometimes-reliable French rumor site Hard Mac now claims that one of their “better sources” has indicated that we can expect USB 3.0 in the next update.

Although USB 3.0 in itself would be a nice addition to the Mac line-up, allowing data transfer rates of up to 4.8GBps, that’s not all that Cupertino has up its sleeves: they also intend to upgrade Firewire to Firewire 1600 or even 3200, according to HardMac… standards first seen back in 2008, and fully backwards compatible with FireWire 400 and 800.

Finally, HardMac claims that while Apple is interested in Intel’s Light Peak, a standard which they have been heavily rumored to have inspired. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t feel that Light Peak is ready for prime-time yet, and are holding off on this generation before they implement it.

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