Will Apple surprise at WWDC with new MacBook Pro featuring Thunderbolt 2?

“Intel’s updated Thunderbolt 2 technology adds support for DisplayPort 1.2 in order to enable video streaming to a single Ultra HD monitor or dual QHD monitors,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple was first to market with Thunderbolt ports on MacBook Pro’s back in February 2011 and one has to wonder if they’ll be first again with Thunderbolt 2,” Purcher writes. “With Apple updating their MacBook Pro line-up next week at their developer conference (WWDC), could Apple surprise us with new Thunderbolt 2 ports? If not, they’re likely to be included in the next round of upgrades. But it sure would be nice to see Apple take the lead again.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

15 Comments

  1. I hope they don’t.
    I only just bought a new macbook and there are so few thunderbolt accessories available that when they do start to be released they will already be dated

  2. Given the paucity of Thunderbolt peripherals, a total waste of time and money.

    However, if Apple eats the cost for Thunderbolt 2, sure, why not? But if Apple tries to fob the price off to the customer, then no, I won’t buy it.

  3. Intel says that Thunderbolt 2 “is currently slated to begin production before the end of this year and ramp into 2014.”

    So, if Apple chooses to intro any Macs with TB2 they would be facing last year’s iMac fiasco all over again — not enough chips to go around.

    MAYBE they could get by with a Mac Pro with TB2 — hoping the demand would be low enough to not cause major delays in shipping. But a popular product like the MacBook Pro would really be asking for trouble, IMO.

    (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/06/sequel-to-thunderbolt-is-all-about-4k-video/)

  4. Thunderbolt is kinda useless to the masses if no one but the high end video editor is using it, MDN aught to do a pole on how many have thunderbolt peripherals.
    5% 10% maybe and it’s been out for a few years now.

  5. “Apple was first to market with Thunderbolt ports on MacBook Pro’s back in February 2011″

    I’m pretty sure all of the peripheral ports were on the left side of the MacBook Pro, not the back as he claims. 😜

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