0 Feb 24, 2011

MacBook Pro update: ThunderBolt, up to 6 displays?

Today Apple updated their MacBook Pro line of notebooks and adding several substantial features. I think the biggest of them all was the introduction of ThunderBolt. A new, high-speed port that allows the user to daisy chain 6 devices. The port is more than twice as fast as USB 3.0 with its 10 Gbit transfer speed.

What makes ThunderBolt great is that by daisy-chaining, up to six can be linked up from a single port, and with simple adapters a Thunderbolt connection can be turned into HDMI, VGA, DVI, gigabit ethernet, FireWire or USB.

This means you could plug 6 DVI ports, connecting 6 displays to your notebook, where you could previously connect just 1 extra display. We’ll see if this will actually work when the first reviews begin to appear on the web.

In other news, a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion has been released today with several exciting features, including multitouch support, global auto-save, backup, versioning and fullscreen support. I can’t wait for it to be released this summer!


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