Thunderbolt and iPads

Apple’s unveiled some new MacBook Pros, and the big news is Thunderbolt, also known as Light Peak. It’s very clever, and could enable some very interesting things:

The new Macs look like iPads with keyboards. They’re clearly the latest iteration of Apple’s current design language, but what if they’re more than that? What if the iPad-ification of OS X and the iPad-like design of the MBPs are a sign of where this is all heading?

We’ve seen how quickly mobile processors are progressing, and it won’t be long before it’s possible to put the specs of today’s MacBook Pros into a MacBook Air-thin iPad. Quad or six-core processors, oodles of RAM and a couple of Thunderbolt ports in an iPad could produce something really interesting.

7 thoughts on “Thunderbolt and iPads

  1. Squander Two says:

    One of my all-time favouritest statistics: A current mobile phone has the computing power of a laptop from 5 years ago, a desktop from 10 years ago, and a mainframe from 15 years ago.

  2. mupwangle says:

    A couple of years back I was moving a server, which was a two man job, and suddenly realised that my iphone (1st one) was superior in almost every aspect bar connectivity.

  3. Professor Batty says:

    I’ve been waiting for years for a way to reduce the clutter of cables connected to my laptop when I’m using it with peripherals- this will be a no-brainer when upgrading a system, and 10-20x faster with two channels to boot!

  4. Gary says:

    Indeed. I’m sure we won’t quite get the promised speeds – we never do – but even then it’s dramatically faster than even USB 3.0.

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