Posted by Eric Huang on May 15, 2012
I’m constantly asked: "Will Thunderbolt replace USB 3.0?"
Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 will co-exist & live long, fruitful lives
As reported previously, Apple filed and recieved a patent for a new iPhone or iPad connector which looks like a Thunderbolt connection. You can see in the picture that it includes connections for USB 3.0 and dual port Displayport.
Apple received the patent in April 2011. Since it takes at least 3 years to get a patent, we can guess that Apple has known since at least 2008 (probably 2007), it would support USB 3.0.
Apple may or may not have had knowledge of Thunderbolt in 2007. I can see a world (in 2007) where Apple knew it would want it’s iPad tablet to drive a bigger monitor through DisplayPort. That could be the original reason for dual DisplayPort and not Thunderbolt. I can only guess.
So if you are still with me, Apple will definitely support USB 3.0
Back to the question
Will Thunderbolt overtake USB 3.0?
The one way Thunderbolt could overtake USB 3.0 is if Thunderbolt opens up as a standard.
USB 3.0 will have more than 100 design starts for SoC integration
The USB-IF has something like 4000 members. By the end of this year, there will be about 200 different USB 3.0 Design starts. Thats lots of people innovating products around USB.
Thunderbolt is closed. It will stay closed. This video explains why:
The innovator promotes USB 3.0 for mainstream ease of use. Consumers are happy.
Thunderbolt closed. USB open.
Everyone is happy.
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