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February 21, 2011

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I've been bemoaning the lack of a nice Apple-provided docking station for their laptops for some time now. I can see where they're going with this. One high bandwidth serial connector with the ports in a power brick.

[The patent isn'at about a laptop docking station to begin with. But I hear what you're saying, Peter. JP]

Well played! I hope you're right!

@ Peter. That's what it sounds like to me.

Would this mean that the power brick would be a light peak 'hub'?

very interesting.. thanks for digging this up!

it would be great to have one port versatile enough to handle flash drives all the way up to display connections. simpler, AND better.. the apple way!

it would be awesome if the upcoming MBPs could sync, light peak to light peak, with the upcoming ipads (as has been suggested by rumors of an additional port from the leaked ipad2 case designs). the magsafe is so much more satisfying to use than the 30 pin.

I feel like magsafe like connectors for lightpeak would be extremely important... If you have 5 optical cables in a straight line, you could let the magnets tell you how to align them. If you turn it one way, the port would repel the cable letting you know that you're putting it in the wrong way...

I can't wait until those macbook pros are unveiled next week :)

MagSafe would be an interesting option to be the 30 pin dock connector replacement - the magnet would help alignment, there'd be less issues of tension on it compared to the 30 pin - easier to pull on and off. It's their thing, so they keep control of it (in comparison to a Display Port or USB hybrid).

It'll be interesting to know Apple's selling points in regard to Light Peak. It could certainly make other Macs, iPads, iPhones seem slow by comparison (ala MacBook Air's SSD option).

Can i assume this has to do with intel's new chip that is stated to transmit data at 50 billion bits per second (50Gbps)? All smiles for us consumers.

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