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Rumour Mill – Apple iPad 3 to get USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt?

Unearthed patent reveals a jack-of-all-trades, hybrid adaptor that could be used on the next iPad

A 2009 Apple patent revealing a hybrid USB 3.0/DisplayPort has stirred talks of Thunderbolt capability in future adaptors as well, as that nippy transfer technology is already based on DisplayPort smarts.

A nip-tuck is also part of the equation, reducing the height of the existing connector, which would mean that catwalk-skinny iDevices are temptingly around the corner. Bring on the razor-thin iPad 3.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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