Thunderbolt 2 with 20Gbps speeds coming this year – along with Apple’s Mac Pro mini?

“Intel on Tuesday finally put a name to its next-generation Thunderbolt protocol as ‘Thunderbolt 2,’ with the newly dubbed standard doubling the throughput of its predecessor while remaining backward compatible,” AppleInsider reports.

“Previously referred to by its codename ‘Falcon Ridge,’ Thunderbolt 2 will boast a bandwidth of 20Gbps, which Intel said is good enough for the simultaneous transfer and display of 4K ‘Ultra HD’ video,” AppleInsider reports. “In addition, Thunderbolt 2 will carry support for DisplayPort 1.2, enabling video streaming to one 4K monitor, or dual QHD displays.”

AppleInsider reports, “Thunderbolt 2 requires no new cables or accessory hardware, meaning it will be completely backward compatible with existing Thunderbolt products.”

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It’s “interesting that Apple plans its first major Mac Pro upgrade in over three years ’round the same time,” FairerPlatform writes. “Of course, Apple’s entire computer product line, save one, ships with Thunderbolt built in — the Mac Pro. Interestingly enough, it’s rumored that an all-new 2013 Mac Pro mini is also expected to ship later this year.”

FairerPlatform wonder, “Think there’s a relationship with Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 release schedule?”

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  1. I would certainly hope there is a relationship to TB 2 and the new Apple releases. Clearly every one of them (the entire line of Macs) should be the first to incorporate the new TB 2. Anything less would be severely disappointing.

  2. If Intel can pull this off, this is 6+ months ahead of the previously provided schedule which was limited production in the first half of 2014 and full production by late 2014. Still, with full production happening in early 2014, I don’t expect Apple to be shipping any core products that include this — unless they want another iMac fiasco.

    Thunderbolt (even on Apple devices) comes in two variants: single and dual channel. The dual channel already did an aggregate of 20 Gbps bi-directional. This bumps the single channel to 20 Gbps (which can support UHDTV rates even when overhead is included). Dual channel can now support up to 40 Gbps. This means you could, in theory, have dual UHDTV monitors connected through a single connector on a Mac and have them daisy-chained.

  3. Keep stirring up unfounded rumors that some external connection standard that is bogged down with too many functions and much legacy reversion/compatibility will somehow enable Apple to suddenly become a mobile-only company. Your dream is nowhere close to reality.

  4. It’s not a Mac Pro mini. It’s an Apple TV Maxi. 4k graphics to work with 4k iTV via 20gb thunderbolt. Meet the Xbox on steroids and its a full blown PC, not a PC wannabe android.

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