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Apple's new iPad Pro has a USB 3.0 capable Lightning port

Apple's new 12.9-inch iPad Pro sports a USB 3.0-capable Lightning port

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 16, 2015 at 4:27 am CST (0 mins, 48 secs time to read)

Now that Apple's new iPad Pro is beginning to arrive into the hands of consumers, iFixit has provided their usual teardown of Apple's latest 12.9-inch slate.

Apple's new iPad Pro has a USB 3.0 capable Lightning port |

Inside, they found that Apple has used a USB 3.0-capable Lightning port, something that was backed by Ars Technica. Apple doesn't talk about USB 3.0 in its marketing for the iPad Pro, but the connectivity provides up to 5Gbps bandwidth, for around 625MB/sec transfer rates. While the Thunderbolt-powered Lightning connection is faster than USB 3.0 with up to 10Gbps bandwidth, the backwards compatibility that USB provides outweighs those benefits.

Now the question remains: will the next-gen iPhone have a USB 3.0-capable Lightning port?

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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