Thunderbolt

A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

A simple fix for the new MacBook Pro’s big problem

Courage is a double-edged sword, and while consumers may have taken the death of the iPhone 7 headphone jack in their stride, professionals aren't being so generous with the new MacBook Pro. Apple's decision to ditch almost all the legacy ports on its flagship notebook was done in the name of ushering in widespread adoption of Thunderbolt 3 and enabling a thinner machine. However, while Thunderbolt 3 may undoubtedly be a better connector than the bevy of sockets along the edge of the old MacBook Pro, the Cupertino firm's decision to go slim has frustrated many who have legacy devices to plug in, and who were hoping for a more significant power upgrade.

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LaCie Bolt3 and 6big: ultra-fast desktop storage with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie Bolt3 and 6big: ultra-fast desktop storage with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie has two more desktop storage products to go alongside the 12big it announced back at NAB: the Bolt3 and the 6big. All three products (including the 12big) feature Thunderbolt 3 for use with Apple’s new MacBook Pros or other supported devices. According to LaCie, these products feature the ‘fastest and largest desktop drives’ currently available, making them suitable for videographers dealing with 4K content and more.

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5 reasons you should care about Thunderbolt 3

5 reasons you should care about Thunderbolt 3

Big news in Apple land this week is the arrival of Thunderbolt 3 on the new MacBook Pro, but there's more reason to be interested in the high-speed, highly-flexible port than simply because you're an Apple fan. While Apple may have been first to the Thunderbolt party back in 2011, the technology itself was actually a collaboration between the Cupertino firm and Intel's, and we've seen it appear on numerous Windows computers as well as third-party accessories too. Even after five years, though, you could be excused for not realizing why Thunderbolt is such a game-changer.

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Eyes-on with the LG 5K display perfect for the new MacBook Pro

Eyes-on with the LG 5K display perfect for the new MacBook Pro

Apple may have delivered on a new MacBook Pro but desktop power-users didn't get the Apple Thunderbolt 3 Display they were hoping for at yesterday's event. Instead, we had the fruits of an unexpected collaboration with LG, in the shape of a co-created monitor that should have sufficient pixels to keep even demanding MacBook Pro owners happy. It's called the LG UltraFine 5K Display, and it looks pretty darn impressive in person.

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Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple has a dongle problem, and it only has itself to blame. The company's new MacBook Pro line-up, with as many as four Thunderbolt 3 ports, finds itself on the cutting-edge of notebook connectivity, but it's a rare owner indeed who will be quite so modern in their digital lifestyle. Just as an ethernet adapter was par for the course with the old MacBook Pro, so even more dongles and connectors are likely to feature in the laptop bag of the typical new MacBook Pro user.

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Apple said to be working on Thunderbolt Display successor with integrated GPU

Apple said to be working on Thunderbolt Display successor with integrated GPU

With little notice, Apple revealed it was killing-off its Thunderbolt Display earlier this week, with no announcement of a follow-up external monitor. While the device was five years old, and definitely showed its age next to the thinner, Retina display iMacs that followed it, the news was still disappointing to owners of various MacBook models that prefer to work on a larger screen when at home. However, it seems Apple may not be leaving the external display market altogether.

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When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

Early this week, Apple announced its refresh of the 12-inch MacBook without much fuss nor fanfare. It wasn't really that unexpected, considering the new line simply bumped up the specs a little but offered nothing extraordinarily different. But that silence almost hints at something brewing underneath, a sign that few picked up: the death knell for Thunderbolt. Once one of the apples of Apple's eye, the connector is silently absent from its latest MacBooks. With the rumors of another standard connector to be absent from a future iPhone, we begin to wonder why Apple is suddenly abandoning the very standards it tried to push hard.

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Dell outs USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks (and Macs can play too)

Dell outs USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docks (and Macs can play too)

USB-C and Thunderbolt would distill our every cable need into a single cord, or so we were told, but it's taken Dell to finally deliver on the promise. The company has revealed a pair of docking stations here at CES 2016, one using a USB 3.0 USB-C connector and the other a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, targeted not only at Dell's own laptops and tablets, but anything else with the right port.

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OWC Drive Dock lets you swap bare SATA drives on the fly

OWC Drive Dock lets you swap bare SATA drives on the fly

These days, there's almost an external data storage solution for everyone and every need under the sun, from microSD cards for mobile, to USB flash drives, to bulkier NAS drives. That said, there's always room for more somewhere in between those spaces. If you need something more than what a flash drive can offer but don't want to be tied down to a hulking NAS, then Other World Computing's new dual drive bay Drive Dock might be more up your alley, promising the best of both worlds at a fraction of the price.

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Intel unveils Thunderbolt 3 with USB Type-C connector

Intel unveils Thunderbolt 3 with USB Type-C connector

Intel has just introduced Thunderbolt 3, the latest generation of the connector, and did so with a curveball. In order to stay relevant amidst the ongoing popularity of USB and its new, reversible connectors, Thunderbolt 3 will feature both identical connectors and ports as USB Type-C. This means that computers, going forward, can rely on a single port for connecting both USB and Thunderbolt devices/accessories. So if Apple, for example, continues to make its notebooks thinner, they can continue with the trend of a single port that was introduced on the new Retina MacBooks.

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Intel to unveil next generation of Thunderbolt at Computex

Intel to unveil next generation of Thunderbolt at Computex

It looks the next iteration of Thunderbolt will soon be coming down the pipeline, as Intel has teased that it will be making an announcement about the connector type at a press event during the Computex event in Taipei. While Thunderbolt is most associated with Apple, appearing on the side of all MacBooks, the computer-maker decided to use the smaller USB-C port on its new Retina MacBook. But Intel is likely eager to show the next update to Thunderbolt, and reinforce that is has plenty of uses beyond Apple.

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Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD strikes hard with 4 or 8TB

Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD strikes hard with 4 or 8TB

Aside form having a pretty amazing name, Other World Computing’s Viper Pro Thunderbolt external SSD is also pretty vicious when it comes to performance. The drive is no lightweight, though — you can get it in either 4TB or 8TB, and it only uses a Thunderbolt 2 link to your computer. We’ve tested SSD before, and it was lightning quick with a USB 3.0 link. Thunderbolt is up to twice as fast as USB 3.0, and with 4TB of disk space, you’re not likely to run out of room quickly (unless this is for enterprise use).

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