Leaked Image of New MacBook Pro Shows Light Peak Connector
Ahead of an expected refresh of the MacBook Pro line on Thursday, images are surfacing that show new MacBooks with the much-anticipated Intel Light Peak connector.
Light Peak is basically the next generation of the USB port (not to be confused with USB 3.0). It's an extremely fast way to transfer data — up to 10 GB per second — which would equate to transferring a Blu-ray movie in just 30 seconds.
A leaked image of purported Apple documents mentions this technology under the name "Thunderbolt," which appears to be Apple's name for Light Peak.
However, far more convincing is the image of an actual MacBook Pro with a port sporting the Light Peak logo, a lightning bolt. While Light Peak is intended to replace the slower FireWire and USB ports, the image shows the MacBook Pro still has a FireWire port and two USB ports.
The Apple document also confirms rumors of a Corei5 processor (likely for the 13-inch MacBook) and a larger glass trackpad. There is no official acknowledgement from Apple that a MacBook refresh is coming , but several independent sources have indicated it will happen Thursday.