Apple Patent Reveals a Hybrid DisplayPort/USB 3.0 Connector

Apple has won a patent for a new hybrid 30-pin/USB 3.0 connector that could be used for high-speed transfer to and from an iPhone. The connector looks similar to a regular Apple 30-pin connector, but rather than connecting to just a USB 2.0 port, the new one will be capable of connecting to USB 3.0. We also hear that this could include Thunderbolt for high speed data transfers.

Yet this latest hybrid connector looks like a winner and one that we might see come to market later this year in handhelds or in 2012 when Intel Macs debut with USB 3.0. But let’s be honest here: Wouldn’t we all like to see this debut on the iPhone 5? Hmm, I think that I’m hearing a thunderous yes on that question.

We agree that it could be time to introduce it on the iPhone 5. As for the reason it didn’t show up on the iPad 2, we suspect that Apple had already done and dusted the design and technical specs of the iPad 2 before Thunderbolt was released on the new MacBook Pro. However, iPhone 5 is still a few months away and could see the new hybrid connector being added. If not, expect it next year on even later next-gen devices.

Via: Geeky Gadgets

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