Apple signs up to Intel Light Peak

When Chipzilla announced its new Light Peak high-speed optical interface technology many predicted it was incredibly blue sky.

Now the dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured an hell on earth rumour that Jobs’ Mob is going to incorporate the new standard on Macs.

Intel claims that Light Peak can transfer data that can perform at twice the speed of USB 3.0.

Initially no one thought it would appear in any products until late 2011 or 2012 but now Intel is starting to say early next year.

According to Brooke Crothers at CNET, . Apple has been an active partner in creating the technology, This could be the reason that Steve Jobs has made several comments dismissing USB 3.0.

It would suit Jobs for Apple to be an early adopter of the technology. After all it would mean that his gadgets could only connect at those speeds to other gadgets he makes.

The fact that the interface can transfer at 10 gigabits per second, which is twice the transfer rate of USB 3.0, would mean that people would buy Apple gear because of that.

Of course punters would have to buy a lot of Apple gear if they wanted everything to work together. Intel will have a stable market for the new technology and would be quids in before it rolled it out to the PC market. Apple would look super cool. 

What could go wrong is that Intel could decide to release it early, but if the rumours are correct, then Apple might have had a hand in developing the technology and have a legal lock in. Our guess is that it would not let Intel release the technology for a year or two to non Apple approved suppliers.