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Topic: Thunderbolt

Why Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-inch MacBook and beyond

03/25/2015, 12:03 pm

Apple recently made a splash by announcing a new 12-inch MacBook that features a single port for both power and data transfers: USB-C, a new connector spec that may sweep away not just USB 2.0, but also Thunderbolt -- and possibly even Apple's Lightning.

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Roundup: The best external monitor alternatives to Apple's outdated Thunderbolt Display

01/11/2015, 10:01 am

The last time Apple updated its in-house external display line was 2011's Thunderbolt Display, but with no clear signs that a refresh is imminent, AppleInsider has put together a list of the latest and greatest monitors.

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Apple's Mac EFI found vulnerable to bootkit attack via rogue Thunderbolt devices

12/22/2014, 02:12 pm

At next week's Chaos Communication Congress in Germany, a researcher will demonstrate a method in which a malicious actor could use a specially-crafted Thunderbolt device to inject a bootkit -- which could survive nearly any attempt to remove it --into the EFI boot ROM of any Mac with a Thunderbolt port.

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Apple's Mac mini receives long-awaited update with 4th-gen Intel CPUs, price cut to $499

10/16/2014, 02:10 pm

Apple's tiny, affordable Mac mini desktop received a hardware refresh and an accompanying price cut on Thursday, featuring 4th-generation Intel Core processors and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, starting at $499.

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Belkin unveils Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for Apple's Macs

10/01/2014, 08:10 am

Major Apple accessory maker Belkin on Tuesday announced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, a Thunderbolt 2-equipped successor to the company's original Thunderbolt Express Dock that allows users to connect up to eight additional devices to their Mac with a single cable.

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Next-gen USB 3.1 Type-C connector will support DisplayPort, 5K video output

09/22/2014, 01:09 pm

The new USB 3.0 reversible Type-C connector will also support DisplayPort Alternate Mode with screen resolutions of "4K and beyond," the standards setting group behind the technology announced on Monday.

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LaCie unveils 48TB Thunderbolt 2 drive, Dropbox upgrades Pro plans to 1TB

08/27/2014, 09:08 am

Apple users gained two additional high-capacity storage options on Wednesday, as external drive maker LaCie showed off its new rack-mount Thunderbolt 2 drive in a 48 terabyte configuration and cloud storage firm Dropbox announced that its $9.99-per-month Pro plan will now include 1 terabyte of space.

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Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit 40Gbps transfer speeds with new connector

04/21/2014, 06:04 pm

In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification -- "Alpine Ridge" -- that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface, while bringing massive gains in power efficiency.

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G-Technology to ship Thunderbolt 2 'Studio Series' RAID arrays in mid-May, up to 24TB

04/16/2014, 08:04 pm

The latest entry in a growing selection of Thunderbolt 2 capable storage solutions, G-Technology's G-SPEED Studio and G-RAID Studio RAID arrays incorporate high-capacity 6TB HDDs and ultra-fast I/O into small chassis designs.

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NAB 2014 roundup: Thunderbolt 2 accessories, DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, 4K video

04/09/2014, 12:04 pm

This week is the annual National Association of Broadcasters show, where a number of Mac and iOS compatible products geared toward professionals have been unveiled, including new Thunderbolt 2 accessories, an upgraded DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ flying camera drone, and a plethora of 4K video recording and playing devices.

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Intel unveils 10-gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Networking coming to Macs, PCs

04/07/2014, 01:04 pm

Intel on Monday took the covers off of Thunderbolt Networking, an addition to the Thunderbolt 2 interconnect standard that will allow users to transfer data between two Macs and PCs at up to 10 gigabits per second over an emulated Ethernet connection.

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Review: Corning's Thunderbolt Optical Cable

02/16/2014, 08:02 am

Already in its second generation, the Thunderbolt I/O protocol has been around for three years, but only recently did manufacturers begin production of optical cables to deliver the tentpole feature of long-distance data transfer. AppleInsider was able to test out this highly anticipated addition with Corning's 10m all-optical Thunderbolt cable solution.

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Next-gen USB connector a reversible challenge to Apple's Thunderbolt & Lightning

12/04/2013, 01:12 pm

The USB Implementers Forum on Wednesday announced that the USB 3.1 specification will bring with it a new style of connector that can be plugged in in any orientation and will support future USB technologies like USB Power Delivery, high-speed data transfer, and video-over-USB.

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Corning gains Intel approval for all-optical Thunderbolt cables

09/11/2013, 07:09 pm

At the Intel Developer Forum on Wednesday, Corning announced that its Thunderbolt Optical Cables are the first completely optical fiber products to receive Intel's certification.

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Intel on Thunderbolt: Our goal is quality, more compatible accessories on the way

05/31/2013, 03:05 pm

Intel pushed back on Friday against allegations that it was the company's own policies that have hindered the wider adoption of Thunderbolt beyond Apple's Mac lineup, with the chipmaker saying that until now it has been more focused on the quality of its partners' devices, rather than quantity.

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Intel's grip on Thunderbolt keeps accessories off the market

05/28/2013, 12:05 pm

While Apple has integrated Intel's Thunderbolt connection standard in every model of Mac the company has introduced since 2011, the technology has yet to truly take off in the computer industry, and one report says it is languishing due to Intel's tight controls over the standard.

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Apple fixes Thunderbolt target disk mode in software update

05/09/2013, 04:05 pm

Apple on Thursday released a software update for its Thunderbolt firmware for Mac, adding a stability fix for Mac owners using the fast I/O protocol in Target Disk Mode.

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Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock for Mac now shipping for $299

04/30/2013, 08:04 am

The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock, first announced in January of 2012, is now available for purchase for $299, more than a year after the Mac accessory was unveiled.

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Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt with 4K resolution support, 20Gbps speeds coming in 2014

04/08/2013, 05:04 pm

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Intel on Monday announced the next-generation of Thunderbolt transfer technology, which promises to bring data transfer speeds up to 20-gigabits per second, a doubling over existing Thunderbolt hardware.

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Thunderbolt still a 'niche' due to Intel licensing requirements

01/15/2013, 01:01 pm

A number of factors have played a part in the small selection of available Thunderbolt accessories, but the most significant may be Intel's lengthy licensing and certification process.

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