Apple's desktop Mac line may finally be getting the Retina update OS X users have been hoping for, with chatter of a 4K model headed to stores around October. Although Retina display technology is already offered on the MacBook Pro and across Apple's iPhone and iPad line, so far the Mac Pro and iMac have stuck with their lower pixel-density panels, despite both computers being easily capable of driving significantly higher resolutions.
Thunderbolt isn't just for speedy external storage or daisy-chaining displays, and Resident Audio is aiming to take advantage of all that bandwidth on Macs and select PCs with its new T4. Billed as the world's first multichannel Thunderbolt audio interface that's also bus-powered, the much-anticipated T4 kicks off a new Resident Audio brand, and is targeted at musicians as well as podcasters.
Already released with OS X Mavericks for Apple computers, Thunderbolt Networking will be coming soon to the PC environment. Intel has made clear this week that they’re bringing full demonstrations of this tech to NAB 2014, so the update for cross-device functionality is certainly close at hand. This software update will bring PC to PC connections with Thunderbolt 2 as well as PC to Mac.
Modern day consumers' penchant for high-quality video and computer-generated graphics require not only powerful workstations but also storage devices to match. Addressing a market hungry for such equipment, LaCie has unveiled three new storage solutions at the National Assocation of Broadcasters (NAB) show that puts the best of Thunderbolt 2 technology and Seagate's drives together.
There’s a new Elgato device being released this month with the ways and means to connect several of your devices in an above-average easy way. This is the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock, and it’s made with an aluminum that’s extremely similar to that of several Apple products. It’ll be carried, too, by Apple stores later this month.
LaCie has been making storage products for years and has some of the best looking external storage devices you will find. The company announced what it claims to be the fastest portable storage solution in the world last month. While LaCie offered up all the details on the Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt 2 in January, we didn't know a few things.
LaCie has introduced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 here at CES 2014, something the company is hailing as the faster portable storage option presently available. As you may have guessed from the name, the LBD model uses Thunderbolt 2, which allows it to transfer speeds of up to 1375MB/s, outpacing USB 3.0 by quite a bit. As with some of the other design-centric products LaCie introduced today, the Little Big Disk also has a carefully-chosen design.
Earlier this year, LG introduced some new UltraWide monitors, a category the company will be expanding soon with the debut of the UM95 at CES 2014. The UltraWide UM95 monitor measures in at 34-inches with a quite expansive 21:9 aspect ratio, though the company will also be offering a smaller version that measures 29-inches. Beyond the UM95, LG plans to showcase some other UltraWide offerings next month.
Note: This is LG's similar EA73 UltraWide we reviewed in October.
The release of the 33-foot-long Thunderbolt Optical Cable by Corning is a long-awaited event. For those that want to move data along a wired connection - a long distance, at that - there's a lot to be said about the 10 Gbit/s bi-directional, dual channel technology, and as the first "all-optical" offering in the world - at this length, at least - Corning is bringing a rather unique product to the market.
It's all-change in Mac land, and after the MacBook Air got its Haswell refresh earlier this year - to great effect - it's the turn of the MacBook Pro with Retina display to be brought up to speed. Apple's pixel-dense desktop replacement was always a powerhorse, at least in 15-inch form, but now gets Intel fourth-gen Core processors and Iris Pro graphics to deliver more grunt along with more battery life.