According to data found in Apple's macOS Sierra betas, Apple may be about to offer Macs that feature USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, dubbed SuperSpeed+ USB. This even-faster standard is capable of moving a maximum 10Gbps of data, which is double that currently offered by Apple's most recent Macs.
With the iPhone 6 launch just around the corner, leaks have definitely sped up, and we’ve had plenty of evidence for that during the last couple of months. A number of alleged parts for the upcoming iPhone models have surfaced around the Web, most of them falling in line with earlier reports regarding the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air (if that’s what they end up being called). Today, however, we have another leak that supposedly shows the new iPhone’s Lightning cable, with the highlight being a reversible USB connector.
Even though Apple's continued effort to push proprietary mediums of physical connectivity goes against the ideals of many commentators, technologists and mobile users in general, there's no doubt that the Lightning dock connection system is the most pleasurable to use on the market right now. The reason for this is its reversibility, which makes the process of hooking up a device just that little bit less tedious, but with USB 3.1, connections via non-Apple gadgets will soon improve in terms of both speed and overall design. On Wednesday, the USB Implementers Forum showcased two new USB 3.1 connector standards, demonstrating how regular USB connectors will soon follow the lead established by Apple.