Thunderbolt ports offer high speed connections to devices like external monitors, storage systems and multiport docks. They also can be used to attach charging cables. It’s an Intel technology, but Apple has championed it over the last decade with its Macs.
Looking at the side of a device, you likely won’t notice a difference between Thunderbolt and USB-C. Thunderbolt adopted USB-C’s physical connector, making it easier for device makers to add Thunderbolt support without requiring an unusual port on the side of a laptop.
The USB alignment also means Thunderbolt is more likely to make its way to mobile devices. Previously, device designers shunned its requirements for chip circuitry, power consumption and extra cost. But supporting USB 4 means it’s more likely to spread.
Apple will be launching a series of new iPads in April, a report Wednesday said. The new iPad Pros will come with Apple’s home-made , a and better cameras and screens, according to Bloomberg. They will reportedly come in 11- and 12.9-inch display sizes.
later this month, Apple leaker Jon Prosser said last week. The product announcement, which could include devices like the long-rumored , the and the , will reportedly take place March 23.
An iPad boost for Thunderbolt?
Last fall, Apple unveiled a powered by its , the lineup, the and several . Apple is also rumored to be working on an . Apple recently revealed it has .
Thunderbolt has arrived only on personal computers so far — Apple Macs and premium Windows machines — but it’s spreading. It could get help from the new , which gets better speed and flexibility by incorporating Thunderbolt technology behind the scenes. With Thunderbolt technology built in, device makers can offer Thunderbolt support as long as they pass necessary certification tests. Apple’s first USB 4 support arrived with its M1-powered Macs.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The updated tablets could come as people continue working and learning remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.