Today’s big Apple rumor concerns Intel’s super-fast Light Peak connection, an optical (or copper) cable which can transmit just about anything along its skinny length. The rumor goes, quite convincingly, that the new range of MacBook Pros expected Thursday will incorporate Light Peak, and that Apple will rename it “Thunderbolt.” Then the rumors start to go awry.
The evidence consists of a supposedly leaked spec sheet for the new machine, along with a photograph of the actual Thunderbolt port and a screenshot of a promo page. Of these, the Thunderbolt logo looks pretty good, the port looks like it is a Mini DisplayPort with an icon Photoshoppped next to it, and the specs may or may not be legit.
Light Peak allows multiple protocols to travel along the same wire, where they are interpreted by a chip inside the computer. Thus you could plug displays, USB printers and even iPods into the same port. It is also faster than USB 3.0. It’s easy to see what the minimalist Apple likes about it.
The German language specs amy be real. In them, the Thunderbolt port is combined with the Mini DisplayPort connector, which fits with the photo of the port at least.
Possibly leaked specs of new 13 inch MacBook Pro from FSCKLOG
I’m skeptical of the photo, but the name and logo both have a ring of truth about them. Couple this with reports that Intel is launching Light Peak this Thursday and we have a pretty good pile of clues. And if Apple does launch Thunderbolt, how long will it be before it replaces the decrepit 30-pin dock connector?
The photo of the new port Thunderbolt! [Mac4Ever]
Photo: Specs of the new 13 “MBP with Core i5 and Thunderbolt port [FSCKlog]
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Fuente: Gadget Lab