Intel name-checked a number of storage and A/V companies on board with Thunderbolt and expecting to release products using the new 10Gbps port found on the early 2011 MacBook Pro, but we're already hearing other rumors about potential adopters currently flying under the radar. According to Nikon Rumors's source, the Nikon D4 will be the first DSLR to offer Thunderbolt as a connection option.
As I'm sure you're very much aware, Apple released news of a brand new set of MacBook Pros this morning, and along with them has come something called a Thunderbolt. It's a relatively brand new bit of technology, this Thunderbolt, that was developed by Intel under codename "Light Peak" and promises to be the new name in data transfer between devices. How fast is it? Why it's 12 times faster than FireWire 800 they say, 20 times faster than USB 2.0, quicker than a speeding bullet!
Oh my goodness this phone has had its release date moved around more times than Spinal Tap has had drummers. At one time it was February 28th, then it was February 24th, then it was even all the way up to March 10th. Now we've got a bit of a leak that says no less than all of those dates were bunk. Here's a photo sent to our sister site Android Community that appears to have been clicked in a Best Buy saying that the time for final launch of the HTC ThunderBolt is March 10th, 2011.
Intel's Light Peak technology, known commercially as Thunderbolt has been confirmed in Apple's new MacBook Pro series. However, we also mentioned that a few other Intel partners will soon be unveiling Thunderbolt products as well. First one up is La Cie's announcement today of the LaCie Little Big Disk featuring Thunderbolt technology.
Apple's confirmation of Thunderbolt on the newly refreshed MacBook Pro range this morning could lend weight to speculation earlier that the new iPad 2 will have a Light Peak connection of its own. Examination of the various batches of leaked iPad 2 cases had led to suggestions that the mysterious opening on the top edge could be for a smaller-than-USB connector; that would certainly fit in with the Mini DisplayPort connection Thunderbolt has been confirmed to use.
While Apple may be the first to debut Thunderbolt, the technology is all Intel's, and the company is not being quiet about which partners have jumped on board with the 10Gbps connection. Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise and Western Digital are all among the roster of firms committed to pushing out Thunderbolt-equipped devices, which will include displays, storage devices, audio/video devices, cameras, docking stations and more.
It's not just the new MacBook Pro range that is fresh and official this morning; Apple has also officially unveiled Thunderbolt, billed as "the fastest, most versatile I/O ever in a notebook." The commercial name for Intel's Light Peak technology, Thunderbolt promises to be as much as twice the speed of USB 3.0 and up to 20x faster than USB 2.0.
The new Apple MacBook Pro range is official, and it's quite the star line-up. The entire 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch spread has been updated, with Intel's Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors across the board. Apple has also cast out NVIDIA, replacing GeForce GPUs with AMD's Radeon graphics on the 15- and 17-inch machines. The 13-inch, meanwhile, makes do with Intel's integrated graphics alone. Perhaps most interesting is the addition of Apple's new Thunderbolt connector, based on Intel's Light Peak technology and promising up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. Full details after the cut.
We're counting down the hours until Apple announces the new MacBook Pro range sometime later on today - at time of writing the store is still up, which suggests there may still be some time to go - but another shot of the new notebooks' packaging with some Apple Thunderbolt tidbits has leaked. Theo Levy managed to snap what looks like another section of Apple's online promotional material, seemingly from the same source as the side-profile MacBook Pro 15 leak yesterday, seemingly confirming the sort of speeds users can expect.
"A new type of I/O that transfers data at up to 10 GBs per second" the Apple copy supposedly reads, "Every new MacBook Pro ships with Thunderbolt so your [sic] ready to go, out of the box." The spelling error does give us pause, however - all this would be mighty easy to fake, after all - though it does fit in with what we know of the technical capabilities of Light Peak.
As if there was any doubt remaining as to the new MacBook Pros, a new series of leaked high-resolution photos have spilled the beans once and for all. Not only do we have a look at the new Pro's side (complete with ports) but we've also got an image of the box, with spec sheet in view, and a picture of the new Thunderbolt High-speed I/O port logo.