Thunderbolt to iOS Devices?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TallManNY, May 17, 2011.

  1. TallManNY macrumors 68040

    TallManNY

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    Could Apple make a fast Thunderbolt connector that would allow syncing of iPhone/iPad/iPod? How fast do you think that would be compared to the current USB 2.0 connectors? How much would be held back by the iOS input connection?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's their protocol, they can do whatever they want with it.
     
  3. Blipp macrumors 6502

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    I'd say your limitation becomes how fast the iOS device can process the data that's being transferred as there's no way an iPhone can process 10Gbit/s. It may make the transfers faster than USB2 but I don't know that it would be a significant enough boost to be worth the added room needed for the controller and manufacturing cost.
     
  4. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    I was under the impression that the ThunderBolt controller was pretty big, and since it needs to exist in the devices as well as the computer... I wouldn't expect compatibility until Apple can integrate it in with the CPU (so maybe A6 or A7) or it is made to be pretty small. I also wouldn't expect a speed improvement, until Apple uses better (faster) flash NAND.
     

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