Thunderbolt iPhone Cable

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by maricc, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. maricc macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2011
    Does thunderbolt carry a charge like USB? If so, how come there is no thunderbolt iPhone cable? Would this be feasible? I feel like it would make a difference when restoring the phone and having to re-load all your songs etc. (which is slow via the cloud).
  2. mopatops macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2011
    The USB cable is not the bottleneck. The flash storage is not fast enough to take advantage of thunderbolt.
  3. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    You realize that USB 2.0 is faster than the cloud as well, right?
  4. wlclhk macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2009
    New iphone cable; USB 3.0 likely

    I believe its likely a USB 3.0 iphone cable coming out in Sept.

  5. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    You'll need a new iPhone to go with that. Pretty sure the existing one doesn't support USB3 (which is not just a faster version of USB2 - USB3 cables have 5 extra wires; the plugs may look identical but they have extra pins tucked behind the USB 2 ones).

    I suspect a possible shift to USB3 is one of the motivations behind the rumoured move to a new dock connector.

    I wouldn't bet against it, but Thunderbolt seems unlikely - the iDevices won't be able to take full advantage of the speed, controller chips and cables are more expensive, and Apple wants to sell iDevices to people who <i>don't</i> have post-2011 Macs or Ultrabooks. Also, do iDevices even use PCIe internally (TB is basically 'external PCIe')?
  6. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    I say no, and for all of the reasons already mentioned: scarcely compatible, expensive hardware, speed bottleneck, and just the fact that I can't see Apple spending that kind I'd money on corded features these day. The trend is wireless, not wires, especially for mobile devices.
  7. Siggen macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    I don't want to pay 50 dollars for a new iPhone cable.
  8. ledlauzis macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2011
    - iPhone can't handle Thunderbolt speeds so there is no point of it.
    - Yes thunderbolt can charge devices just like USB

    The best we can hope is USB 3.0 support for the next gen-iPhone.

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