Intel to Launch 'Thunderbolt' on Thursday? MacBook Pros to Follow?

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    MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    CNet reports that Intel's media event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, February 24th. CNet believes that Intel will be unveiling final details of Light Peak at the event.
    CNet actually expects that Apple will not officially launch the new MacBook Pros until after the Intel event. The event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern.

    Meanwhile, we've learned that the term "Thunderbolt" is actually labeled as an Intel trademark on the leaked MacBook Pro packaging, so we suspect that will be the name used for the technology broadly across all platforms.

    As for why Thunderbolt (formerly Light Peak) uses the DisplayPort connector rather than the USB one, The Wall Street Journal Digits blog speculates that USB Implementers Forums wasn't happy about Intel coopting their plug:
    Meanwhile, Apple designed the mini DisplayPort connector and opened it for free licensing, which may offer some explanation as to its choice. We're certain to hear more details Thursday.

    Article Link: Intel to Launch 'Thunderbolt' on Thursday? MacBook Pros to Follow?
  2. PlayRadioPlay macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
  3. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    It's not called LightPeak because it doesn't use light. This iteration is all copper.
  4. ThomasJL macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    Can't wait to see if Intel's version has light or is merely copper.
  5. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Screw Thunderbolt. I'm waiting for Thunderstorm.
  6. ten-oak-druid macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2010
    They'll put that symbol on a t-shirt probably. It will look like a super hero.
  7. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    I think this writer had a stroke. Either that, or I did.
  8. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Everyone will use copper for awhile yet. It's about the price and fiber optics won't be in consumer goods quite yet.
  9. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
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    Hmm makes sense can't wait for tomorrow!
  10. weing macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2007
    A dorky name worthy of the focus groups of Redmond.
  11. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    I don't really know why I need this kind of speed on a laptop or and iPad.

    Oh well, it is good that apple is trying to be a leader.
  12. ldellx3 macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2011
    lol so the wait inches on so maybe we wont see anything until 2 pm tomorrow eastern
  13. Mikey7c8 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    I must admit, I'm pretty excited about all this. And here I was, not planning on buying new hardware this year.
  14. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
  15. dampfdruck macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2008
    Why would anyone need this is a laptop? Seriously, what is the use-case for this? When I'm on the road I would really appreciate a built in 3G modem or a second battery e.g. instead of the (useless) optical drive.

    As for the mini display port: I never figured out what the benefits should be. Every meeting room I went so far, has a projector with a VGA input. As a user, I have to always carry an (overpriced) adapter. What for?

    I think, Apple doesn't understand the difference between a laptop and a desktop.
  16. iTabone macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2008
    Well 1 PM EST really gives me time to wake up I guess.
  17. MacQuest macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2003
    You See Dead People...
    Looks like tomorrow will be a good day for Apple consumers, followed by another good day next Tuesday.

    Thanks Apple and HAPPY BIRTHDAY SJ!!!
  18. ghostlyorb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    Virginia, USA
    Either way, I'm excited for tomorrow... I hope these rumors are true and it's an awesome upgrade!
  19. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    You haven't heard everything yet. Just wait. You may be surprised.
  20. ldellx3 macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2011
    another day of wondering while in school haha
  21. Hackint0sh macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2010
    This could push the Apple announcement up to 10pm Pacific. :(
  22. cmaier macrumors G5

    Jul 25, 2007
  23. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Maybe we will finally get a docking station.
  24. voltaire2030 macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    Finally we will end all the rampant speculations that plague the web about a minor or major refresh of the MBP :rolleyes:

    I'm still not sure how thunderbolt work :confused: Will it permits to speed up the loading and unloading on a flashdrive for example ?
  25. ten-oak-druid macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2010
    So what happens if Apple rushes to embrace this and then a year from now thunderbolt standard switches to a usb port after all? And what if it starts out as a copper version of thunderbolt and a year from now the standard is optical? Will this model be hurt by that? Will the peripherals with thunderbolt a year from now not be compatible with this version?

    It reminds me of the early DVD ROM drives that came out and were soon replaced with the burners we know now. For a year, people had a cool new feature that was obsolete soon after.

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