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macOS Sierra Code Confirms Thunderbolt 3 and 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Transfer Speeds in Future Macs

Code discovered within the macOS Sierra beta suggests the operating system will include support for second-generation USB 3.1 transfer speeds of up 10Gb/s, hinting at hardware upgrades that will be included in future Macs set to be released later this year.

Found in a localizable text string in macOS Sierra by 9to5Mac, the code points to support for "Super Speed Plus," another name for the faster 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 specification. Current Macs (and OS X El Capitan) only support current-generation USB 3.1, capable of reaching transfer speeds of up to 5Gb/s, so the obvious conclusion is that Apple is planning to add USB 3.1 Gen 2 support to its upcoming Mac machines.

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Apple's new Macs almost always include support for the latest USB and Thunderbolt specifications to maximize performance, so it should come as no surprise that Apple is planning the same upgrades for Macs to be released in 2016. Rumors have also previously suggested Thunderbolt 3, which includes support for 10Gb/s USB 3.1 and DisplayPort 1.2, will be introduced in Apple's most highly anticipated machine due for a refresh, the MacBook Pro, so the code found today is in line with what we'd expect to see.

There is no word on when Apple plans to debut its new MacBook Pro, and if there are other Mac updates in the works, but it is rumored to be debuting before the end of the year, perhaps at an event set to be held in October or November. The machine is said to feature a thinner, redesigned body with an OLED touch panel and Touch ID support.

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33 months ago
The new Macs are 1000000000000000000000x more exciting than iPhone 7.
Rating: 91 Votes
33 months ago
No suitable Mac --> No money from iOS Development --> Sorry Apple, no iPhone. :)
Conclusion: I don't care about iPhone, I need a work machine! And I need MacBook Pro, no HipsterBook™ "Pro" :(
Rating: 49 Votes
33 months ago
Please give us new Macs in September, please give us new Macs in September....
Rating: 37 Votes
33 months ago
USB is so confusing. USB 3.1 gen 2... What's next? USB 3.1 gen 2 rev b?
Rating: 36 Votes
33 months ago

USB is so confusing. USB 3.1 gen 2... What's next? USB 3.1 gen 2 rev b?


And Super Speed Plus...really? Why not "Super Speed Plus Pro Turbo Extreme +++"?
Rating: 24 Votes
33 months ago

I've never owned or even used a MacBook Pro. Are they good?


Hell yes they're good. Even the current gen 15" is an absolute beast.
Rating: 21 Votes
33 months ago
where's the Headphone jack?
Rating: 18 Votes
33 months ago

Code discovered within the macOS Sierra beta suggests the operating system will include support for second-generation USB 3.1 transfer speeds of up 10Gb/s, hinting at hardware upgrades that will be included in future Macs set to be released later this year.

Found in a localizable text string in macOS Sierra by 9to5Mac ('https://9to5mac.com/2016/08/24/macos-sierra-10gbps-usb-3-1-gen-2/'), the code points to support for "Super Speed Plus," another name for the faster 10Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 specification.


Kaby Lake natively supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3

Confirmation all new iMacs and MacBook Pro's to get Kaby Lake and not Sky Lake? Could explain why it's been so long with no new hardware updates.

Bring it!
Rating: 17 Votes
33 months ago
A new Thunderbolt Display would go quite nicely with this. But I would also love to see a 32GB RAM BTO option. I'm still amazed that any computer maker can call a machine "pro" when it's maxed out with only 16GB of RAM.
Rating: 15 Votes
33 months ago
Waiting for the next MacBook with no ports...
Rating: 15 Votes

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