Just before this article was written, Apple announced that it's currently shipping dual USB 3.0 Apple MacBook Pro, the ultira-thin MacBook Air, and the new Retina Display MacBook Pro variations. It's generally expected that before the end of the year Apple will likely also be modifying it's iMac and Mac mini desktop computer models to include USB 3.0 ports as well. Apple has also indicated that in early next year the Macintosh Pro tower will get a critical revision that will also include both ThunderBolt and USB 3.0 interface additions.
Aside from USB 3.0 cables, adapter cards, and USB device sharing hubs, the external USB hard drive market for transportable and desktop data backup drives has already engaged in the change to USB 3.0 interface. A extensive variety of SuperSpeed backup solutions are currently on the market, and that includes things like USB 3.0 memory card readers and very fast USB3 thumb drives.
A broader array of other types of USB 3.0 enabled Mac personal computer add-ons haven't yet reached the marketplace. Even so, we can anticipate additional items such as USB 3.0 printers and scanners, USB 3.0 computer TV tuners, web cameras, and SuperSpeed audio and digital video recording gear to reach the marketplace in the months ahead that will be good for both Macintosh and Windows PC consumers as USB 3.0 availability explodes across the computing world.
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ASUS USB 3.0 NetBook
eePC 1018P Dual-USB3 SuperSpeed Ports
• Atom N570 Dual Core Processor; 1 GB DDR3 Memory; 250 GB SATA Hard Drive
• 10.1-inch LED Backlight WideScreen VGA Display Screen (1024x600)
• Integrated 0.3 MP webcam and Digital microphone; Integrated Intel UMA
• Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit LAN
• Hi-Definition Audio; Stereo Speaker; Card Reader
• Connections: 2 x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Ports, 1 x VGA Port, Headphone, Microphone, RJ-45 (LAN)
• Note: The Asustek 1018p also features next-generation V3.0 Bluetooth as well.
The USB 3.0 spec's 5GBps bandwidth far exceeds the capabilities of any hard drive mechanism currently made, even the fastest currently shipping Solid-State SSD drives. So those who've made the switch to a SuperSpeed drive are typically seeing real-word 2x to 3x backup speed improvements - with plenty of unused bandwidth of USB 3.0's theoretical 10x increase.
Ultimately - as we're already seeing with USB 3.0 hard drive market - the meager cost differences of building a computer with a USB 3 controller chip have become trivial. USB 3.0 backward compatibility with legacy USB 2.0 and even 1.1 devices preserve the functionality your current computer peripherals - and open the door to the next generation of high-speed USB3 gadgets.