Thunderbolt 3 – one cable to rule them all

Anthony Caruana
3 June, 2015
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It’s certainly an exciting time in technology. With WWDC 2015 just around the corner this week is all about Computex – a massive technology show held in Taipei.

Yesterday, at Computex, Intel made a number of announcements, but the one we think Mac fans will be interested in is Thunderbolt 3.

Thunderbolt 3 is a single port that connects to Thunderbolt devices, displays and USB devices. A single cable now provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying power. It can be used for 4K video, single-cable docks with charging, external graphics and built-in 10 GbE networking.

It seems that Apple’s decision to pioneer use of the USB C connector in the new MacBook has been vindicated with Thunderbolt 3 likely to use USB C as its connector. Google has also announced that USB C will be part of its new smartphone range.

As it uses the USB C connector, it’s possible there will be some short-term confusion while the market has both USB 3 cables and Thunderbolt 3 cables with the USB C connector. However, Thunderbolt 3 cables can be distinguished by a new lightning bolt icon.

The first products are expected to start shipping before the end of this year, with more expected in 2016.

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