I just recently read an interesting blog post on IBTimes surrounding the iPhone 5 and the recent crop of photo’s which have emerged supposedly showing off the new iPhone’s dock connecting port. Now we already pretty much know that the traditional 16-pin port which has been a part of Apple mobile devices since the beginning of time is to go, and in its place something smaller will come. According to IBTimes however that very port could in fact be a Thunderbolt port, a port which is 2x faster faster than the more well-known USB 3.0
Thunderbolt has been an integral part of Mac devices since 2011 when the company outed the technology for the first time on its Macbook range. Despite current manufacturers such as Ultrabooks with Thunderbolt not being readily available however, Apple has stuck by the technology which is owned by Intel with one of the key advantages to Thunderbolt for computer users being that Thunderbolt offers the ability to serve as a transport for PCIe, which is something USB is incapable of.
Here is what IBTimes is saying:
For the first iPod, Apple’s dock connector relied on FireWire to update the device while recharging the battery. This changed in the third-generation of iPods, which opened up compatibility for both FireWire and USB connectivity. FireWire was eventually phased out as the iPod evolved and video was added.
The 30-pin ports, which are now found in most iPhones, iPads and iPods, allow for simultaneous uploading and downloading of data and multimedia. If Apple is changing its dock connector again, there must be a very good reason for it.
With fewer pins, the dock connector will definitely be smaller and slimmer, but knowing Apple, there is likely a more legitimate reason for the design change. Considering how the current iOS devices (iPhone 4S, new iPad) are big drains on battery life and constantly need plugging in to recharge, sync and update, it would be smart if Apple gave its dock connector the ability to perform these activities more efficiently.
Thunderbolt would be a perfect way to accomplish all of these everyday tasks at a much better pace for the customer.
News source: IBTimesPS: Digging this story, news or review? Let us know! Comments open.
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