Jobs e-mail: No plans for USB 3.0 on Macs

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If one of his reported e-mails is to be believed, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has no plans to add USB 3.0 connectivity to Macs any day soon.

Replying to Mac user Tom Kruk in an e-mail, the outspoken Apple boss allegedly wrote: “We don’t see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example.”

Mac users will be missing out, for now at least. According to a PCWorld report on USB 3.0, the speed benefits of USB 3.0 are clear, particularly for high-definition video, music, and digital imaging applications. USB 3.0 offers a theoretical 10X jump over current USB 2.0 hardware, which maxes out at 480Mbps. USB 3.0, in contrast, can handle up to 5Gbps.

Intel is expected to roll out USB 3.0 sometime in 2011.

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