Apple has a long history of trailblazing in the I/O world, and it looks set to uphold that tradition by adopting Intel's Light Peak interconnect in its next MacBook Pro refresh. Leaked images posted by AppleInsider show plausible evidence that Light Peak will be present in the 13.3", Sandy Bridge-powered MacBook Pro under the "Thunderbolt" brand name—with a logo to match.
AppleInsider's image show not just the logo (a white bolt of lightning drawn over a shiny blue orb with a metallic trim), but also two spec sheets that both tout, among other features, a Thunderbolt port supporting "high-speed I/O and Mini DisplayPort devices." An alleged picture of the new MacBook Pro's connectors suggests the Thunderbolt port will effectively replace the DisplayPort, er, port present on current systems. From the outside, only the logo next to the port appears to have changed.
Now, this probably isn't an optical port. As CNet News reported last year, Intel has made it clear that initial implementations of Light Peak will use copper wires. The technology should nevertheless enable transfer speeds as high as 10 Gbps, over twice as fast as USB 3.0. In yesterday's story, AppleInsider chimes in that Apple "could include a unique implementation of Light Peak with its own branding that would be unique to Apple products."
Update: It looks like the rumors were true. Apple updated its online store this morning with the new MacBook Pros.
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