Apple still working on Thunderbolt trademark

“In May 2011 we posted a report titled ‘Apple Didnt’ Get the Memo: Files for Thunderbolt Trademark in the US,'” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Information was swirling around the web at that point in time that Apple had transferred their IP for Thunderbolt to Intel,” Purcher reports. “If that were true, then why did more information surface at the US Patent and Trademark Office late on Friday contradicting that position?”

Purcher reports, “The new document clearly demonstrates that Apple’s lawyers are still vigorously working their trademark application for Thunderbolt through the system.”

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    1. “Is that asking too much of the HD mfgs?”

      It may be borderline. At least, you and manufacturers will have to agree on what “reasonably priced” should mean. This is beyond USB, you know.

      1. If your left nut speaks prophetically as your mouth did when you said “I like our strategy, I like it a lot” as opposed to the iPhone introduction, . . . that means that Thunderbolt is going to be the mother of all Data transfer connectors!

    2. This would make no sense. HDs are slow, and Thunderbolt provides 1.28 GBytes/s speed in one directions. This is like 10 times faster than speed that HDD practically works.

      So external HDDs will be produced for USB 3.0, which is twice slower.

      Thunderbold will be only needed for superfast external SSDs.

    3. Promise Technology sells Thunderbolt RAID drives starting at about $1200 for 4 TB & up.

      If that price is too high, then i recommend you back away from the bleeding edge.

      Also, do yourself a favor and compare ACTUAL hard drive read/write rates to the sales-pitch THEORETICAL MAXIMUM interface data transfer rates before shelling out for the latest connection technology. While indeed FW400 and USB2 are too pokey for the latest hard drives, depending on your work needs, you may find that your system bottleneck isn’t the FW800 / eSATA / USB3 cable. The latest and greatest SSDs read/write at less than 1.00 GB/sec — most about half that. well within the capability of your trusty old 800 MB/sec FW800 cable that every Mac offers as standard.

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