Latest beta update for MacOS Sierra points to the incorporation of USB 3.1 Gen 2 on MacBook Pro 2016
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has incorporated the first generation flavor of USB 3.1 in both of its current generation and 2015 MacBook release. Unfortunately, USB 3.1 Gen 1 is actually a rebranded model of the original USB 3.0 model which is also refereed as the SuperSpeed USB. What this means is that the latest USB 3.1 Gen 1 manages to offer users a maximum transfer speed of 5 Gbps which is not that different to what its predecessor model offered. However, the latest beta update of MacOS Sierra has indicated that the upcoming MacBook Pro could feature the next generation model of USB 3.1 which should offer users significantly faster transfer speed as compared to USB 3.1 Gen 1.
An interesting aspect of the seventh beta update of the upcoming MacOS is that it includes text strings which indicate that the tech giant could potentially be planning to incorporate USB 3.1 Gen 2 on its upcoming MacBook Pro 2016. Interestingly, additional Super_Speed_Plus strings in the latest beta update of MacOS Sierra point to a significant boost in the speed of the transfer activity through the hardware of the next-gen MacBook Pro. Theoretically, the incorporation of USB 3.1 Gen 2 should offer a minimum transfer speed of 10 Gbps on the next generation MacBook Pro. However, it is worth mentioning that nine of Apple’s current generation devices feature USB 3.1 Gen 2, so the MacBook Pro could be the first device to offer such a feature.
Even though the latest beta update of MacOS Sierra only manages to paint a bleak picture of what the upcoming MacBook Pro 2016 will manage to offer but it does indicate that Apple is placing significant attention to the hardware capabilities of its upcoming device. If such a feature is being planned for the expected refresh of the current generation MacBook Pro, then the upcoming device could also incorporate other significantly upgraded hardware, such as a Thunderbolt 3 display. Only time will tell if the Cupertino based tech giant has planned such significant changes for its next generation MacBook Pro model. Watch the space!