Controversy surrounds Apple's decision to use USB-C in the new MacBook. Is it one interface to rule them all, or is it just another port we'll see on future Macs?
Apple's glitzy new MacBook is a pretty amazing piece of engineering and design that polarizes Mac users more than anything I can remember since the last colored MacBook, the black one that came out in 2008.
OWC has launched an update to their Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis, adding Thunderbolt 2. This allows the Mercury Helios to handle up to 20Gb/s throughput, double the capacity of the previous version.
Just in time for CES 2015 Seagate's LaCie brand has announced two new portable hard drives, the Rugged RAID and the Mirror. The Rugged RAID features Thunderbolt 1 and USB 3.0 compatibility, and comes with 4TB of storage. It comes with two drives and is preconfigured in RAID 0. It can also keep your data safe if one of your drives fails.
CalDigit has announced Thunderbolt Station 2, the latest iteration of their Thunderbolt hub, now compatible with Thunderbolt 2. The hub features a variety of ports so you can plug in whatever type of accessory you might need.
Accessory maker Elgato has announced their Thunderbolt 2 Dock accessory. The new Dock supports the 20Gbps of Thunderbolt 2, along with HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB 3.0. Elgato says that the dock supports HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution.
Easily the most useful aspect of the Thunderbolt connection has been the creation of single-cable docks, and OWC's just-announced Thunderbolt 2 Dock is really upping the ante on the docking game. Utilizing the blazing-fast 20Gbps interface, the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock sports a plethora of additional connection options, certainly far more than other offerings, all through a single cable to your Mac.
Other World Computing, the makers of Thunderbolt-enabled external drive enclosures, have announced a new product today called the ThunderBay 4 mini. The enclosure comes in two flavors, a standard edition and a RAID 5 edition, and sports a small footprint for increased portability.
Two of the questions we're still getting asked a lot is whether the Retina 5K iMac can be used in "target display mode" as an external monitor for a new Mac Pro or MacBook Pro, or whether Apple will be releasing a 5K version of their Thunderbolt display any time soon. Sadly, as I tweeted right after the Apple's October Event, and later explained, the answer to the first question is, sadly, "no", and the answer to the second question is the same. Why is that?