Apple got an early start on outfitting its Mac computers with Intel’s Thunderbolt technology. Now, almost a year later, a rush of accessories at CES indicate this might be the year average users start to get some real benefit from having Thunderbolt on board.
The Mac Pro has long remained a professional tool in an otherwise consumer-focused line of Apple computers. But would Apple really close the door on its most muscular and expandable Mac model, as recent reports suggest? I think so, and there are good reasons why.
One of Steve Jobs’ gifts to consumers was creating sophisticated devices that hide incredibly complex technology. Some of the the most important technologies that we take for granted were vaulted into the mainstream thanks to Jobs and Apple, because they were implemented so elegantly.
Slowly but surely, Thunderbolt accessories for Apple’s Mac computers are making their way to retail. On Tuesday Apple began selling the LaCie Little Big Disk in both 1 TB and 2 TB capacities with Thunderbolt connectivity. The drives retail for $399.95 and $499.95, respectively.
Want to customize your Mac? Unless you’re happy with making changes to the RAM, you face limited options these days. But a wave of new Thunderbolt accessories could soon help your Mac do a pretty good impression of more expensive professional machines, like the Mac Pro.
The new Echo Thunderbolt to ExpressCard/34 adapter from Sonnet allows you to plug in ExpressCard/34 accessories and then use them via your Mac’s Thunderbolt port. When it arrives in October, it’ll be a way for users to connect Thunderbolt-equipped Macs to USB 3.0 drives and more.
Apple today released its much awaited Mac OSX Lion operating system and upgrades to Mac Mini, Macbook Air and a new Thunderbolt I/O-based display. This is a much awaited announcement and is surely going to fuel Apple’s already red-hot business.
The new Apple Thunderbolt cable costs $49, which is a bit pricey. iFixit took a peek inside one of the new cables and came up with a good reason why Thunderbolt isn’t cheap. Even if costs don’t drop, though, this tech has legs.
Pocketable drives that carry not just your data, but your entire computer for use with any Mac you encounter are that much closer to a reality today, thanks to the discovery that Thunderbolt on new Macs supports booting from external storage.
Apple quietly introduced its first Thunderbolt peripheral gear to the online store early Tuesday, and it’s a $49 Thunderbolt cable that connects Macs using the new high-speed, low-latency I/O standard either to third-party drives and accessories, or to other Thunderbolt-equipped Macs.