Apple releases first Thunderbolt Cable

28 June, 2011 - Paul Dixon
Thunderbolt Cable

Back in February, Apple added Intel’s Thunderbolt I/O technology to its MacBook Pro lineup, and last month the iMac was given the same treatment. But despite the introduction of this new technology, we are only just starting to see compatible devices released. Now we can buy a cable for them – Apple added one to their online store today.

The new Thunderbolt cable (part number 885909456635) is 2.0 metres long, and costs £39.00 in the UK and $49.00 in the US.

Product description:

“Thunderbolt technology supports blazing-fast data transfer with two independent channels of 10Gbit/s each. Use the Apple Thunderbolt cable to connect your Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals to your new iMac or new MacBook Pro.

Apple Thunderbolt cable can also be used for Target Disk Mode between two Macs that support Thunderbolt, or to use a new iMac as a display for a MacBook Pro equipped with Thunderbolt.”

Unless you fancy splashing out on a Promise Pegasus RAID System, also released today and starting at £769.00 ($999.00), currently the only other uses for the cable are to either run target disk mode between two compatible Macs (useful for transferring data), or to turn the iMac’s screen into an external display for the MacBook Pro – providing both are the latest models.

Eventually all Macs are likely to feature Thunderbolt, as we reported yesterday it would appear that the MacBook Air is next in line.

[Via Cult of Mac]

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