iPad 2 To Get Light Peak Technology As Thunderbolt?

The new Apple iPad 2 tablet which will be launched next week, may receive Intel's brand new Light Peak technology which is touted as the replacement for the USB (Universal Serial Bus).

Photos of what appear to be the Apple iPad 2 have circulated online showing what appears to be a connector that could well be a Light Peak Port.

We now know that the new MacBook Pro range has the technology built in; it takes the shape of the Mini DisplayPort Socket which is used for connecting external displays in the Mac world.

Since not many manufacturers actually use the mini DisplayPort socket, Apple might use this first-move advantage to push the standard further and establish it as a universal connector for everything Apple.

Intel has already said that the technology will be able to replace data, audio and video cables which means that potentially, one cable would have more than enough bandwidth.

Data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps can be expected which is far faster than USB 3.0 (up to 100 per cent); adopting a proprietary technology like Light Peak though means that Apple will have to stick to Intel's guidelines which may prove counterproductive in the long run.

The next 12 months may well see the start of a long battle between the more open USB platform and Light Peak, something that is reminiscent of what happened between Blu-ray and HD-DVD, or Firewire and USB.

Ironically, the Universal Serial Bus technology was developed and invented by an Intel Employee, Ajay Bhatt, back in 1996.