After hammering on Apple's external GPU developer's kit for a week, AppleInsider discusses the hardware, the technology, and what needs to happen in the future for adoption of the concept by Mac users.
After less than a year on the market, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has been upgraded with Intel's Kaby Lake processor — and a lower price. Are the changes (and downgrade, in one notable case) to get the price down enough to get you to buy one?
OWC is partnering with AppleInsider this week to kick off WWDC festivities with a fabulous giveaway. Five winners will each receive a 13-port Thunderbolt 3 dock in their choice of Space Gray or Silver. Each docking station is valued at $299.
CalDigit has commenced shipments of the Thunderbolt Station 3 dock, an accessory for Macbook Pro users wanting to expand their notebook's connectivity options first launched in CES, with the $299.99 device offering dual 4K display support and a pair of eSATA ports alongside more conventional connections.
Promise Technology is updating its Pegasus3 desktop RAID storage systems by introducing four new 'Mac-ready' models, with the additional Pegasus R4, R6, and R8 storage devices offering up to 80 terabytes of capacity with data transfers over Thunderbolt 3, but this time will work on Mac 'out of the box.'
Apple has started taking orders for its external GPU developer's kit for examination with macOS High Sierra, but the Apple software available to the wider user base until spring 2018, as released still has major caveats, and mandates an external monitor or VR kit for use.
Gigabyte has shown off an external graphics card enclosure at Computex that aims to offer better value to those who want to add a graphics card to their MacBook Pro over Thunderbolt 3, with the Aorus-branded GTX 1070 Gaming Box bundling the high-specification graphics card with the enclosure at a lower cost than current alternatives.
Zotac is joining the slowly growing market of external enclosures potentially capable of using Thunderbolt 3 to connect to a MacBook, unveiling at Computex the Thunderbolt 3 External Graphics Dock for connecting a graphics card to a host system, alongside a smaller Thunderbolt 3 External Box meant for attaching other hardware.
Thunderbolt has never seen a great deal of market penetration, but that may be about to change with Intel natively integrating Thunderbolt 3 into future CPU models and making the protocol royalty-free to chipmakers in 2018.
Apple's decision to pare down connectivity options on its latest MacBook laptops to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 has left some users confused about each protocol's unique capabilities and limitations. AppleInsider presents a short history of the two standards and how they coexist in Apple's latest devices.
Apple has shown interest in an illuminated Lightning, Thunderbolt, or USB-C connector receptacle and cable combination, providing users both a new avenue of data transmission, as well as providing feedback on a proper connection being made.
Available this summer in capacities of 12, 16 or 20 terabytes, LaCie's forthcoming 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution features high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity set to take advantage of Apple's latest MacBook Pros.
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Continued testing of the LG UltraFine 5K displays has discovered that while the new monitors are very slightly sensitive to high-powered RF emissions like from a very close cell tower or military radar like any monitor, the interference problems are rectified, with older monitors retrofitted by authorized third parties even less sensitive to the same emissions.