Thunderbolt

Intel sketches out the next generation of Thunderbolt: twice as fast, 33% thinner

The ThunderBolt connector has used the same plug-and-port design for years, but the next generation is reported to mix things up with a new design and even faster speeds. Intel has given the as-of-yet-unnamed standard (we'd place iCash on Thunderbolt 3) update the codename Alpine Ridge, and it's said to double the transmission rates of Thunderbolt 2 to up to 40Gbps. The new connector is also shorter in height, measuring in at around 3mm, compared to the 4.5 mm of the current Thunderbolt design.

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Elgato Thunderbolt Dock plugs everything into your Mac with one wire

There's a growing selection of Thunderbolt docks on the market, and now you can add Elgato to the mix. The aptly-named Elgato Thunderbolt Dock serves to connect more of your things quickly and easily. The dock has two Thunderbolt ports (one for connecting to your computer and another for whatever other Thunderbolt device you'd like to connect and then daisy chain), three USB 3.0 ports, and one each HDMI, ethernet RJ45, 3.5mm microphone input, and 3.5mm audio output — all so you can connect displays, hard drives, input devices, and more all with one plug.

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CalDigit Thunderbolt Station review

CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station is one of a new class of peripherals designed for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. It uses the prodigious bandwidth of the Thunderbolt connection on new Macs to connect a variety of peripherals over USB, Thunderbolt, Ethernet and more. Does it work well, and is it worth the money? Let's have a look!

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USB 3.1 vs Thunderbolt - the battle is on!

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group on Wednesday announced that it has completed the USB 3.1 specification. Most notably, USB 3.1 supports data transfer speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), the same raw transfer speed as the Thunderbolt interface found on all currently shipping Macs. The group is sponsoring developer conferences in the U.S., Asia and Europe to spread information about USB 3.1, according to a press release.

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Thunderbolt 2: The sequel with the un-original name, now official

Maybe this should be titled; Thunderbolt 2: Return of the Thunderbolt. But, in any case, the successor to the original has been formalized by Intel with an un-original name but some pretty awesome specifications. Originally known as the slightly more exciting "Falcon Ridge," Intel demonstrated the new Thunderbolt for the first time at the NAB show in April.

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Apple releases stability fix firmware update v1.2 for Thunderbolt

Users of a Thunderbolt equipped Mac will want to head on over to the Apple Support pages and grab the latest firmware update. It's not a huge update, in fact the download is just 1.22MB in size, but does promise stability fixes for Thunderbolt and for Target Disk Mode. And we'll always welcome stability fixes.

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Belkin ships Thunderbolt Express Dock

Belkin announced Tuesday that it's shipping its Thunderbolt Express Dock, an expansion chassis for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs that provides a Gigabit Ethernet connection, FireWire 800 port, two Thunderbolt ports, three USB 3.0 ports and separate headphone and mic jacks.

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Intel announces next generation, 20Gbps Thunderbolt

Intel has announced the next generation of its Thunderbolt interface with support for up to 20Gbps throughput, as well as support for 4K. According to Engadget, the next generation of Thunderbolt, which is code-named Falcon Ridge, sports some impressive capabilities working with 4K video

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Apple cuts price of Thunderbolt cable and introduces a shorter model

Apple has cut the price of its original 2-meter Thunderbolt cable from $49 to $39. They have also introduced a shorter 0.5-meter version that's available for just $29. The Thunderbolt cable is used with compatible Apple computers for super fast data transfer speeds that are up to twice as fast as USB 3.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800.

  • 2-meter Thunderbolt cable - $39.99 - Buy now
  • 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable - $29.99 - Buy now

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iPhone Live 163: Over the air

Rene and Seth talk about native apps killing the open cloud, Apple passing Nokia, iOS 4.3.5, facial recognition, iPhone 5 rumours, and Jailbreak tweaks. This is iPhone Live!

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  • Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie)
  • Seth Clifford (@sethclifford)
  • Georgia (@GeorgiaTiPb)
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