Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Feb 2011 14:49 UTC
Intel Apple has just updated its line of MacBook Pros. Usually, this isn't anything to get particularly excited about, but this time around, they've got a genuine treat: Thunderbolt. Apple is the first to use this new connection technology, developed at Intel and believed to be the copper version of Lightpeak. It's pretty impressive.
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RE[6]: Thunderbold licensing?
by kragil on Fri 25th Feb 2011 14:43 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Thunderbold licensing?"
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

??? I think you really don't get my point.

Why does the ability to plug a adapter into a thunderbolt port make the thing free for MANUFACTURES?
That is my point. If mainboards with TB are more expensive like those with Firewire were, because it cost licenses. USB does not cost license fees. If TB does it is doomed.

Also it seems to be a security risk:
http://erratasec.blogspot.com/2011/02/thunderbolt-introducing-new-w...

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danielcavanagh Member since:
2010-12-08

I think there's a problem with your analogy that you're not seeing though. Firewire was just Firewire, where as Thunderbolt is Thunderbolt + USB + Firewire + whatever else. So the technology wars aren't comparable

Plus you're ignoring the most important aspect of this: 15 years ago, Apple was in dire trouble. Today, Apple is the wunderkind of tech companies and whatever they do, everyone else wants to do too

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