Currently, Apple’s Lightning connector doesn’t transfer data at USB 3.0 speeds, even though it’s believed to be capable of doing it. Now, a recent listing on Apple’s jobs site could be hinting that the iOS device manufacturer is looking at adding USB 3.0 support for it’s new port.
The job listing calls for a Senior Software Quality Engineer (USB) to join the USB Connectivity Compliance QA Team. Qualified individuals are expected to have knowledge of high speed bus device testing for both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, along with knowledge of USB triggering and analysis and some other Electrical Engineering and Computer Science skills.
Apple added USB 3.0 ports on its latest Mac models, so it seems like a real waste if they don’t update iOS devices to take advantage of the faster data transfer speeds. It’s all conjecture and rumor right now, but we’ll keep an eye out to see if any other indications of USB 3.0 Lightning connectors come our way.