Apple Secures Patent for USB 3.0, DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Dock

Apple has secured a patent for an innovative docking connector, as reported by PatentlyApple. This new connector, described as a hybrid DisplayPort/USB 3.0 interface, is notably thin and is expected to be compatible with all iOS devices, including the iPod, and may eventually be integrated across Apple’s entire range of hardware.

Although Apple often patents technologies that do not come to fruition, there is speculation from PatentlyApple that this connector could be introduced later this year or in 2012 as Apple begins incorporating USB 3.0 ports into its Mac lineup.

The patent further indicates that future iOS devices might include Thunderbolt connections, given the physical similarities between DisplayPort and Thunderbolt interfaces. Thunderbolt technology was recently added to the newest MacBook Pros and is anticipated to be a standard feature in all new Macs moving forward.

A dual Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 connector would accommodate both Mac and PC platforms, considering that while new Macs are expected to feature Thunderbolt ports, many PCs, especially those that are mid-range or lower-end, are likely to continue using USB 3.0 ports.

[via MacRumors]

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