iPad Pro Thunderbolt port for IPP 12.9

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  1. pr0230 Suspended

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    Thunderbolt 3.The most powerful and versatile port ever.

    Thunderbolt 3 offers a connection with state-of-the-art speed and versatility. Delivering twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2, it consolidates data transfer, video output, and charging in a single, compact connector. And with the integration of USB-C, convenience is added to the speed of Thunderbolt to create a truly universal port.

    Considering It is a PRO device do you think the next version will have the Thunderbolt port?
     
  2. Meister Suspended

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    Apple is obsessed with thinness when it comes to iOS devices.
    TB3 is too thick.
     
  3. ericwn macrumors 65816

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    I am unsure what use you see for this. Which devices would work? IOS has no native external drive support and no way to manage files like the Mac Finder. It cannot drive external displays either.
    Please consider that "Pro" is a marketing word. Just like "light", "zero" and "smart".
     
  4. pr0230 thread starter Suspended

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    My question was just that , a question... So your answer would be. NO... thx
     
  5. ericwn macrumors 65816

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    Correct, no. Sorry for dragging on, just wanted to give you my view.
     
  6. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    It'd be pretty nice imo. Quick charge, fast transfer speeds (if Apple allowed).
     
  7. temna macrumors 6502a

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    Won't happen because Apple needs to keep the two lines separate.. Thunderbolt for MacOS devices, Lightning for iOS devices..
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    The iPP 12.9 has USB 3.. That should be good enough..
     
  8. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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    I think Thunderbolt s dead or sidelined as a 'pro' port since they've updated the new MacBooks without them. It'll never show in an iPad, more likely USB-C
     
  9. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    No, Thunderbolt is for Macs and Lighting is for iOS devices. And if they did implement it, it would be on both the 10.5" and 12.9" Pros. The iPads also wouldn't be able to take advantage of it. Thickness could be a consideration, but 2017 models are thicker than their predecessors.
     
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    Thunderbolt port needs a Thunderbolt controller chip which doesn't work with ARM.
     
  11. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    I doubt it. The iPad is designed to be a mobile computing device, which amongst other things, means that it should be tethered by a cable. So you are encouraged to use cloud services and airdrop for file transfers, AirPlay mirroring to display your content etc.

    So even if it were possible on a technical level, I feel Apple might opt to withhold thunderbolt 3 from the iPad solely on principle alone.
     
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    Haha bit direct! We should all be like cucumber- chilled.

    But definitely will not have a TB port... In conjunction with the form factor, not wanting to get rid of Lightning (locking people into the ecosystem more), and that iOS at the moment couldn't do anything with it anyway.

    Let's face it, most of us with TB port equipped MacBooks never use the TB ports... The only thing I used to use them for was the VGA Adaptor, but I have moved over the built in HDMI port now.
     
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    But we don't even get usb so of course they will keep is un jail and prohibit tb3 too

    TB3 is no thicker than the lightning port currently on the iPad. Remember, it uses a USB-C interface now!
     
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  15. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    iPad will drive external displays, and will read SD cards through the camera kit. You can hook up audio input interfaces for XLR mics and preamps for instruments. There are peripherals that would work over TB3/USB-C and either would also support charging, but I don't expect any of it would be much better than they already is with Lightning.

    I kind of think that they're moving away from ports of any kind though. I think they see a completely wireless endgame, so they're unlikely to raise a tussle by changing interfaces now.
     
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  17. ericwn macrumors 65816

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    That's my impression as well. Sooner rather than later they will probably want to offer as much wireless as possible.
     
  18. slenpree macrumors 6502a

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    It could have a USB-C port but unlikely to support thunderbolt-3 on it.
     
  19. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    If you're talking about the 12" model, that was a thermal design constraint.
     
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    If you use the lightning to USB C 29 W wall adapter for the iPad Pro 12.9 charges very fast compared to Lightning to USB A
     

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