Soon from Apple: Light Peak and data over the power cord
Two things are rumored to come “soon” from Apple.
- According to a rumor, Apple will use Light Peak  soon. Possibly soon enough for the imminent upgrade of the MacBooks (next Thursday?). It is high time, Mac users are still stuck with USB2 to connect to external mass storage devices ( compares USB2 to other connectors).
- Apple has patented using a computer’s power cord to also transmit data. The idea has been around for a while. What’s new is that this technology would carry enough power for a notebook and that it would use the robust MagSafe connectors. This patent jibes with my first prediction at . It would allow Apple to build superior docking stations, as a single connector would give your notebook everything: power, keyboard, mouse, display, sound, network.
Note that (1) and (2) might be one and the same. That is, Light Peak might be the standard used to transport data for (2).
- Engadget comments on the CNET article that is the source of point (1), above: “[...] we're pretty sure the publication has an inside source. The very same reporter wrote that Light Peak would be downgraded to copper , a full month before Intel would admit anything of the sort.”
- Apple, Intel, and Light Peak: news and predictions [background on Light Peak]
- The Light Peak saga continues: now “ready for implementation” [why copper was chosen for the first version of Light Peak instead of fiber optics; what plugs Light Peak might use]
- Update 2011-02-25: Thunderbolt (code-named Light Peak): an overview