Apple might be bringing Thunderbolt to iOS Devices
Apple has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office detailing how Thunderbolt could come to iOS devices in the near future. Apple has been filing a lot of Thunderbolt related recently, despite the fact that Thunderbolt is technically Intel property.
In this recent patent, Apple talks about how the high speed data connections requires new cables. The traditional 30-pin dock connector is not cutting it anymore and Thunderbolt will likely be the future.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a different connection architecture making its way to Apple’s mobile lineup, but it looks like the company’s plans are starting to take shape. Patently Apple reports that “a connection may be provided between a portable media player and a display, a computer and a portable media player.” Apple would first need to redesign the Thunderbolt connector to be “ flat enough to fit a USB-type of device slot.” According to Patently Apple, fiber-optic lines could be a viable replacement for the current Thunderbolt nylon core.
This is not the first time there have been rumors of a new connection cable coming to the Apple mobile lineup, but it appears that Apple is taking these plans for Thunderbolt to fruition. Patently Apple is reporting that “a connection may be provided between a portable media player and a display, a computer and a portable media player.” Apple would need to redesign Thunderbolt to be flat enough to a fit a USB-Type device slot. According to Patently APple, fiber optic cords would be a likely candidate for the current Thunderbolt nylon core.
Benefits of this technology would be lightning-fast recharging and syncing for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.