Apple Foregoing USB 3.0 For Light Peak in Early 2011?S

CNET reports that Intel's Light Peak, a high-speed connection standard capable of transferring data at 10 gigabits per second, will be arriving sooner than expected: sometime in the first half of 2011. And Apple's poised to be an early adopter.

According to CNET's industry source, Light Peak is "now on track to appear in products in the first half of 2011—and likely earlier in the year than later." And if past reports are true, Apple could be among the first to incorporate it.

It's long been whispered that Apple conceived the idea for Light Peak in the first place, and they've reportedly helped Intel guide the development of the standard along the way.

Steve Jobs has said that Apple doesn't see USB 3.0 taking off, and while Intel has said it would support the standard, many have speculated that Intel chipsets won't really support USB 3.0 until 2012. If Light Peak is indeed around the corner, as CNET's source suggets, it wouldn't be surprising to see Apple put their weight behind it in a big way early next year. [CNET via MacRumors]