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  • A rising star in the Apple constellation

    Posted November 15, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    Apple's MacBook Air has surged to 28% of Apple's total notebook sales since the debut earlier this year of the Thunderbolt peripheral devices interface.
  • Thunderbolt vs. SuperSpeed USB 3.0

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Intel will tell you its new high-speed interconnect technology, Thunderbolt, is not in competition with Universal Serial Bus (USB), the ubiquitous standard for connecting computers with other devices.
  • Thunderbolt Display teardown reveals a lot of chips

    Posted September 29, 2011 - 9:44 am

    A teardown of Apple's Thunderbolt Display has revealed a large, brushless fan and a logic board teeming with chips.
  • LaCie's Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt now shipping

    Posted September 20, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    On Tuesday, LaCie finally made the Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt hard drive available to the public through the Apple Retail Store and the Apple Online Store. The LaCie drive was originally announced in February.
  • Thunderbolt: Beyond USB and eSATA

    Posted September 19, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    Very quietly, there's been a war brewing in computer peripheral interfaces. Backed by Apple and Intel, Thunderbolt may end up surpassing both USB 3.0 and eSATA. Here's what you need to know about the new interface technology.
  • Apple provides firmware updates for MacBook Pros, Mac minis

    Posted September 14, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    On Wednesday, Apple released firmware updates for the latest Mac mini and MacBook Pro models to address issues with Lion Internet Recovery and Thunderbolt connectivity.
  • MacBook Air firmware update fixes Thunderbolt issues

    Posted September 13, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    Apple on Monday released Firmware Update 2.1, which improves Lion Recovery over an Internet connection, and also resolves issues with Apple Thunderbolt Display and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance on affected MacBook Airs.
  • Even more Thunderbolt results

    Posted September 8, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    This time around, we look at Lion versus Snow Leopard performance, MacBook Air performance, and update our eSATA comparison results using a 6Gbps ExpressCard from StarTech.
  • Thunderbolt RAID provides boost over eSATA

    Posted July 15, 2011 - 9:12 am

    How does Thunderbolt performance stack up against eSATA? Macworld Lab's test results show that Thunderbolt's provides a sizeable boost over eSATA--it's not as dramatic as the improvement over FireWire 800, but still very impressive.
  • Review

    Apple's latest iMac looks great, even faster

    Posted July 4, 2011 - 7:52 am

    The Sandy Bridge chips add a speed boost, Thunderbolt offers the promise of peripheral heaven in a few months, and the iMac design itself remains current.
  • Review

    Apple Thunderbolt test results

    Posted June 25, 2011 - 9:10 am

    We've finally got a chance to test external drives connected using Thunderbolt – and the results are as impressive as you’d expect.
  • Review

    Thunderbolt iMac: The perfect compromise

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Apple's blazing-fast, elegant, and economical everything-in-one goes where ordinary desktops can't
  • Waiting for Thunderbolt

    Posted May 13, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    There's no way to verify any of Apple's claims about the speed of Thunderbolt devices, because there aren't any. And, as much as we'd like to, we can't tell you how the video-in feature of the new iMacs works, because there are no cables to use to test it.
  • Review

    New 27-inch Core i5 iMac/3.1GHz speed results

    Posted May 4, 2011 - 10:16 am

    On Tuesday, Apple released an updated line of iMacs, featuring quad-core Sandy Bridge Intel processors and Thunderbolt ports. Macworld Lab has all four standard configuration models, and the results for the $1999 27-inch iMac are in. The results do not disappoint, with the new iMac besting the previous generation of standard-configuration iMacs. The new 3.1GHz iMac even bested the performance of some impressively-equipped build-to-order models we've tested previously.
  • Apple releases Boot Camp update for Thunderbolt iMacs

    Posted May 3, 2011 - 11:12 am

    Hot on the heels of Apple’s new Thunderbolt-equipped lineup of iMacs is a Boot Camp update for said iMacs.
  • Apple releases Thunderbolt-equipped iMac line

    Posted May 3, 2011 - 9:29 am

    On Tuesday, Apple announced a new generation of iMac models, running at speeds up to 3.4 GHz and powered by the next generation of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The models also build in support for the new Thunderbolt, high-speed peripheral connection interface that debuted in Apple’s MacBook Pro line earlier this year.
  • Sonnet launches first storage products with Thunderbolt

    Posted April 18, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Sonnet Technologies has announced its first storage products featuring the superfast Thunderbolt connection.
  • Intel to open up Thunderbolt development this quarter

    Posted April 12, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Intel on Tuesday said that developer kits for Thunderbolt will be available this quarter, which could lead to the quick availability of a wider range of products based on the interconnect technology.
  • Review

    Thunderbolt MacBook Pro: The last notebook you'll ever need

    Posted March 30, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    If the new MacBook Pro and its amazing Thunderbolt don't blow your mind, you're not paying attention
  • Amazon reveals iPad 2 price and specs

    Posted March 2, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    iPad 2 will offer a Thunderbolt port and a camera and the WiFi/3G 16GB version will cost the same as the WiFi-only iPad 1 version.
  • Thunderbolt hard drives should make data-transfer scream

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    LaCie, Western Digital and others are working on products with the screaming-fast Thunderbolt data exchange, but won't ship until summer.
  • Peripheral makers get ready for Thunderbolt

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 11:24 am

    The arrival of Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models brings a brand new peripheral-connection technology from Intel—Thunderbolt—and with it the promise of faster data transfer speeds. But if Thunderbolt’s going to deliver on that promise, peripheral makers will need to deliver products that take advantage of that technology.
  • LaCie unveils Thunderbolt-compatible Little Big Disk

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    If you're planning on getting a new MacBook Pro complete with Thunderbolt technology you'll be pleased to know that you'll only have to wait until summer to get hold of a Thunderbolt-compatible external hard drive.
  • Intel Thunderbolt bolts through data transfers

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 11:58 am

    After a few years in development, Intel formally unveiled its next-generation data transfer interconnect. The new Thunderbolt standard represents a shift in the underlying technology--and a potential shift in how we can do things down the road.
  • What you need to know about Thunderbolt

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    The arrival of Apple's latest MacBook Pro models brings with it a brand-new connection technology called Thunderbolt. And by brand-new, we mean "just announced Thursday morning," which raises lots of questions about what, exactly, Thunderbolt is and why Apple has chosen to make it a flagship feature of the company's newest notebooks. Here's what you need to know about the industry's latest connection standard.
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