What you need to know
- Apple confirms that it will continue to support Thunderbolt in Apple Silicon Macs.
- This means Macs will support Thunderbolt 4.
- Thunderbolt 4 was unveiled by Intel earlier today.
There has been some speculation as to whether new Macs with Apple Silicon will move away from Thunderbolt 3 and instead support the USB 4 standard (which, to be clear, is compatible with Thunderbolt 3 devices). As tweeted from Apple analyst Rene Ritchie, Apple confirmed today that it will continue to support Thunderbolt.
Earlier today, Intel announced details about Thunderbolt 4, which likely prompted Apple to clarify its position on Thunderbolt and its relationship with Intel, even though it will be producing its own chipsets for Macs in the future.
Thunderbolt 4 supports 40Gb/s data transfer, can be used with three downstream ports to share bandwidth, and is capable of supporting two 4K monitors or one 8K panel. It will continue to use the same USB-C design port and will be compatible with USB-C and USB 4.
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