MacBook Pro 2016 Rumors: Can new Mac hardware deliver fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds?

MacBook Pro 2016 Rumors: Can new Mac hardware deliver fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds?
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The MacBook Pro 2016 is expected to either debut on September 7 or before the Fall of 2016, good news for the ones eager to get their hands on an updated Apple notebook.


Most have toiled with the old models and a much-awaited refresh is due. Some rumored specs have already come out, which include a likely Skylake process instead of Kaby Lake, the much talked about OLED touch bar (in lieu of the function keys), Touch ID and something that will sport the latest macOS Sierra.

The MacBook Pro 2016 will basically be an entirely new and powerful notebook though some may be overlooking the small features like the USB ports.

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Codes may hold something we don’t know

The MacBook Pro 2016 will support USB 3.1 Gen 2, better known as the updated version of the popular USB-C. Those ports were mostly around in the last Retina MacBooks that came out in 2015 and one concern has to do with the speed it carries.

When compared to the Gen 1 ports, the USB 3.1 Gen 2 has been boasting of SuperSpeeds based on accompanying logos. With that said, the USB 3.1 Gen 2 for the MacBook Pro 2016 should deliver up to 10 GBPS if the marketing pitch is to be followed.

SuperSpeed finally coming?

On the uncertainty of such, all of that may very well fall on the macOS Sierra. 9to5Mac points out that with the new operating system, the new Mac hardware will get the necessary support for faster SuperSpeed USB 10 gbps.

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Hence, the code spotted may eventually be the key towards a completely refreshed MacBook Pro, singling out the fact that there are no current models which support USB 3.1 Gen 2.

Though most are unlikely to understand coding, worth noting is the ‘super_speed_plus’ string that could be something. Paired with the rest of the (rumored) specs, the MacBook Pro 2016 should be something to watch out for and hopefully impress since it is already long overdue.

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