Apple could be about to announce a new high-speed connection technology, possibly to be included in the new generation of MacBook Pros or the second-generation iPad, it has been claimed.

Intel's Light Peak technology, introduced in 2009, could be the new technology in question, though it is likely to have a different name, CNET reports.

Though the source cited in the article gives few details, Intel has previously said that Light Peak technology would appear in devices in the first half of 2011.

Light Peak has been designed as a high-speed replacement for legacy connector technologies, capable of connecting all kinds of peripheral devices to a computer. It is thought that an initial version of Light Peak will use copper wires though future versions will utilise fibre-optic technology.

Intel considers Light Peak to be a complimentary technology to, rather than a rival of, USB. However, it is significantly faster than USB 3.0, theoretically capable of carrying data at 10Gbps.

Apple is expected to make an announcement about the MacBook Pro product line this week, with dwindling stocks reported in the US and Japann. It is thought they could be on sale as early as 1 March, despite manufacturing delays caused by problems with Intel's Sandy Bridge processors.