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Thunderbolt 3 is now twice as fast and works with USB-C ports


Expect Thunderbolt to become more widespread soon.
Thunderbolt 3 plays nice with USB-C
Photo: Intel

Apple completely removed all ports from the new MacBook except for a solitary USB Type-C that was mocked by fanboys across the world, but now that Intel has taken the wraps off of the new Thunderbolt 3 protocol, new MacBook owners are getting the last laugh.

The new Thunderbolt 3 uses the exact same port as USB-C, allowing MacBook owners to ditch the dongles in favor of one high-speed cable that can rule them all.

“Thunderbolt™3 is computer port nirvana – delivering two 4K displays, fast data, and quick notebook charging”, said Intel’s Navin Shenoy in an announcement this morning. “It fulfills the promise of USB-C for single-cable docking and so much more. OEMs and device developers are going to love it.”

Not only was Thunderbolt 3 developed to handle the most video bandwidth and fastest data, but it also can supply power to devices and allow other USB gadgets to run on it. With a top speed of 40Gbps, Thunderbolt 3 is twice as fast as the last version and can transfer a 4K video file in under 30 seconds.

No word yet on when we’ll start seeing Thunderbolt 3 in the wild, but it’s already got me begging for Apple to ditch the other unsightly ports on my MacBook Pro.

Source: Intel


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