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?
Apple's fall 2014 event brought with it an all new iPad Air 2, a somewhat updated iPad mini 3, gorgeous new retina iMacs, and finally, an update to the very long in the tooth Mac mini. Make no mistake, this was no small event for Apple and they delivered on a lot. However, there are still a few things that were either rumored or expected that didn't seem make the cut this fall.
If you're a MacBook user with a desktop set-up, Belkin's new Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD might be just the salvation you've been looking for. Instead of sitting down and hooking up your MagSafe power adapter, an HDMI or Mini DisplayPort to your monitor, 3.5mm cable to your speakers, and filling up your two USB ports with more gadgets, you can scale back to just power and a single Thunderbolt cable. This isn't Belkin's first Thunderbolt dock, but it's their first with blazing-fast Thunderbolt 2 built-in.