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Bryan M. Wolfe
| May 29, 2012
Thunderbolt Technology Could Arrive On Next iPhone
The next iPhone could include a new camera, a larger screen, and maybe, an A6 chip. Apple’s sixth-generation handset might also include something even more important: Thunderbolt technology, according to a new report from CNet. Created by Intel and available on Apple’s MacBook line, Thunderbolt (codenamed Light Peak) offers users a way to transfer large amounts of data (up to 10Gbps) and connect a number of different devices. It does so using an interface with DisplayPort and PCI Express cards. [caption id="attachment_304833" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Apple Thunderbolt Speed Chart"][/caption] Unfortunately despite its potential, Thunderbolt hasn't exactly replaced USB. If fact, one year after it arrived on MacBook Pros, most companies have so far shied away from the technology. That could change if Apple were to include a Thunderbolt port on the next iPhone. Says CNet:
Of course, this could all change with tens of millions of Thunderbolt compatible iPhones in people's pockets. Not to mention the millions of iPhone compatible third-party accessories. This, in turn, could inspire the widespread adoption of Thunderbolt by big-name computer manufacturers, which would have other smartphone designers wondering whether their next phone should make use of Thunderbolt, as well.