ThunderBolt Technology

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by flopperr999, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. flopperr999 macrumors newbie

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    Sure the Thunderbolt technology on the new 2011 MacBook Pros sounds great...10gbps in both directions, fiber-optic, blah blah blah but how do I use it? Are there any products that support it besides new expensive storage arrays? :confused:
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's not fiber, and its usefulness at this point is limited.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It uses the same port as Mini DisplayPort so any existing mDP adapter will work.
     
  4. firestarter macrumors 603

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    You can't use it. It came out last week, you don't have a computer with a Thunderbolt port and the TB peripherals (by a good list of respectable vendors making storage, audio and video hardware) aren't yet in the stores.

    Give it a couple of months.
     
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    La Cie have release some drives with Thunderbolt.
     
  7. flopperr999 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Post links to pages to buy them on?
     
  8. abthegreat macrumors regular

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    Will a mDP mDP cable between two computers(New Pros) work ?
     
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    So now with this new technology, we know everything Apple will be refreshed, iPad's will feature mDP with a mDP to USB cable for those who don't have TB yet, the Apple Cinema Display will feature it, the iPhone 5, the MacBook Air's need a port, the iMac's and the MacPro..
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    mDP is designed to carry video and audio, not just any kind of data. I don't think it is going to work.
     
  11. abthegreat macrumors regular

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    I meant the same cable with the TP ports on the new Pros
     
  12. abthegreat macrumors regular

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    Will make the air even smaller with one TB port and an "Apple Certified" Hub? :p
     
  13. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a

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    It will not be available until summer.
     
  14. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No, because it's not a Thunderbolt cable.
     
  15. namtaB macrumors regular

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    Thunderbolt is pointless at this point in time IMHO. Its like having a Ferrari back in the 1800s when everyone else is using horse and carriage. All you can do for now is gaze at the kewl thunderbolt symbol on the side of your MBP.

    Everything will catch up in a few years and it will be useful, but by then a better specd Macbook Pro will be out. If I was looking to get a MBP now I'd be pretty pissed off that rather than making SSD more affordable, Apple chose to jump the gun on a new tech just so they can be the first manufacturer to have it at the expense of what would have been better utility for the customer.
     
  16. theman123 macrumors member

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    It's going to be useful in a few months when products start using it.
     
  17. TheHoff macrumors 6502

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    Nah, I'd still love to have a Ferrari in the 1800s. I'd lay donuts in the cobblestone.
     
  18. Pentad macrumors 6502a

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    lol...and scare the hell out of the horses!
     

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