Thunderbolt iPhone Cable

maricc

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Oct 13, 2011
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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).
 

mopatops

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

Interstella5555

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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).
You realize that USB 2.0 is faster than the cloud as well, right?
 

wlclhk

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Oct 26, 2009
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New iphone cable; USB 3.0 likely

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

Wlclhk:)
 

theluggage

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

willmtaylor

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Oct 31, 2009
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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.
 

ledlauzis

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- 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.