An interesting, and somewhat disturbing development if you're a fan of Thunderbolt. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57562283-1/double-speed-usb-3.0-to-arrive-next-year/ So by the end of 2014, we'll be seeing 10gbps USB 3.0 compatible hardware. We all know that USB is a much more open and widely adopted standard than thunderbolt, and obviously WAY cheaper to make hardware for. With that in mind, Thunderbolt is highly likely now going to remain a very niche standard, with use mainly only within the media industry. Even then, the only time Thunderbolt would be a benefit is when you need direct pci-e connections (e.g for external graphics) or need to go over the USB 3.0 cable length limit. It got me thinking: What real use is thunderbolt on a home computer/laptop? The only benefit I could think of was the docking option (although so far only 1 dock exists and its priced way too high), and for the Apple thunderbolt display (which is basically just a dock + display). Thunderbolt has little use for your average attached storage as it is, and once USB 3.0 goes up to 10gbps there will be very, VERY little use for thunderbolt for most people.