There’s some fierce competition between hard drive manufacturers, and Hitachi isn’t going to let Seagate enjoy the 4TB spotlight for even a full week. The company’s G-Technology division has introduced their own 4TB disk and is packing two of them inside a whopping 8TB G-RAID external case complete with Thunderbolt.
If it seems like you might have just read something about a new Thunderbolt PCI Express expansion chassis coming from Magma, that’s probably because we just mentioned it earlier this week. Now Magma has slipped out the official word, with a three-slot ExpressBox 3T soon available for preorder.
As the Thunderbolt port continues to make an appearance in Apple's lineup of products, a report out today has one item line beginning to ship to stores and resellers this week. Originally introduced in July, Apple's new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display could be making its way to customers soon.
More than six months after its introduction, we’re still waiting for the explosion of cool peripherals to plug into our shiny new Thunderbolt I/O port which now comes standard with all Macs (save for the lone holdout, the Mac Pro). Sure, we’ve seen some awesome, lightning-fast RAID storage and some hints of other greatness to come, but what about other potential uses for the technology? Here are a dozen things we’d like to see that port used for -- so let’s get cracking, engineers!
Oh, Mac Pro… poor little neglected Mac Pro. All of your other family members have gotten the Intel bump this year with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports, and yet you remain frozen in time, no longer the fastest Mac of them all. While we (im)patiently wait for a new version of you, here are a few things we’d like to see in your next incarnation.
Introduced in October, 2008, Mini DisplayPort is Apple’s current connection du jour for audio and video, and starting with the introduction of Thunderbolt earlier this year, the tiny jack is now host to high-speed hard drives and other peripherals as well. But did you know that Mini DisplayPort is capable of other amazing feats of strength as well?
Add the MacBook to the long list of things Apple has killed off. Toss it on the pile, alongside floppy drives, ADB ports, and (soon, we’re betting) optical drives. While the death of the MacBook was shocking at first, what’s even more shocking is to realize that the SSD-equipped MacBook Air is Apple’s new budget laptop. It’s the sexiest, smallest, and yep, the cheapest too. But the Air isn’t the only thing Apple has overhauled. Their starter desktop has also gotten a makeover. The 2011 Mac mini now sports a Core i5 processor, but like the laptop line, Apple has trimmed some of the fat -- in this case, the optical drive.
$999 is a magical price point for Mac computers, even though Apple rarely reaches that number. Perhaps that’s why it’s newsworthy that the company has quietly introduced a 21.5-inch iMac model aimed at the educational market -- with a few compromises, naturally.
Now that eighty percent of Apple’s five Mac product lines have been souped up with Intel Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O ports, desk-bound consumers may find themselves in a bit of a quandary as to which one to buy. Does it still make sense to buy an iMac with such a fully featured Mac mini now available? Read on to find out.