Posts tagged with: Thunderbolt

LaCie’s Thunderbolt Drives available now!

Thunderbolt drive

Finally we are seeing small progress of 3rd party vendor coming out with Thunderbolt accessories. LaCie has come out with their 2big Thunderbolt Series and they are now available! 2big Thunderbolt drives offer speed up to 327MB/s and 676MB/s if you daisy chain 2 or more of them.

Cool looking, but a powerful device

It’s aluminum shells is pretty cool looking and holds either 4TB or 6TB worth of storages. Thus it will be a very good choice for creative professional for photos or videos, or even home users who just wish to have a quick drive with huge storage. It is heat-sink cooled and also in addition, a thermo-regulated fan which will turn off and on depending on the temperature of the drives.

Overall it is a very cool and fast drive for any Mac owners, but they don’t come cheap. 4TB will cost you USD$650 and 6TB will run up to $800.

For more information, Check out LaCie’s 2big Thunderbolt Series


Thunderbolt on Macbook Air is slower than rest of Mac family

The new Macbook Air 2011 have very good overall comments from reviewers and users themselves. Such a thin and light device, but can be as powerful or even more powerful than most 2009 Macbook Pro. Equipped with SSD, lots of every task like launching app, importing photos and browsing the web are super snappy.

Smaller Thunderbolt Chip for Macbook Air 2011

One of the newer addition to the new Macbook Air 2011 is the new thunderbolt port which is not available in the older generation MBA. But don’t let it fool you, this thunderbolt is not the same as the one we see in Macbook Pro 2011, iMac or the new Mac Mini. The Thunderbolt port that is in this new Macbook Air is smaller, featuring only 2 Thunderbolt channels and supports only 1 external display rather than 4 Channels and 2 external display that we see in the rest of the family.

Of course, I doubt this will be a minus point for most user, as 1 external display should be more than enough. Plus the graphics card on Macbook Air will not be able to power up 2 external display, thus there isn’t any reason for Apple to put up a bigger and more power Light Ridge Thunderbolt Chip.

How are you enjoying your Macbook Air? Let us know!


What we might see in Apple’s WWDC2011

Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference 2011 is just round the corner. Apple for the past few WWDC has been very focus on showing and telling the developers what is up and coming for the year. But they also did not forget the consumers, and always take the chance to introduce new products.

So what will we see in this year’s WWDC?

  • iOS 5 – Yes, Finally we will have a preview of what iOS 5 will be. It might be more tabletish, having more multi-tasking features, more features to make use of the screen real estate of iPad.
  • Lion OS – Lion has been one of the main focus for the past 2 conference Apple held. This will be the final one, showing us the final product of what Lion will look like.
  • iPhone 4S – I think iPhone 4S will not ship so soon, because White iPhone 4 just launched not long ago, but who knows Apple might surprise us with a new iPhone
  • Macbook Air – MBA has been a success, and it is close to its refresh period. Thus we might see a Macbook Air with Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge
  • Mac Pro – Apple recently killed XServe, and Mac Pro is the “replacement”. I’m thinking Apple will redesign Mac Pro to be “mountable” so as to better used in Data Center

Let’s hope we will have a exciting WWDC2011!

 


iMac 2011 supports 2 external monitor via Thunderbolt ports

If you have read my post on iMac 2011, you would have know that iMac 2011 now have thunderbolt port, and 27 inch have 2 of them! So it means that we can now have 2 external monitor, and have a 3 monitor setup! Pretty cool right? Not only that, iMac 2011 is fast enough to support 3 concurrently playing 1080p video on 3 different monitor. How I wish I can get this 3 monitor setup!

Check out the below video, iMac 2011 27 inch supports 2 external monitor via thunderbolt:

[via cultofmac]


Apple refresh iMac 2011 with quad-core Sandy Bridge, FaceTime HD and Thunderbolt!

iMac 2011 Refresh!

Apple have finally refreshed their iMac line for 2011 with Quad-Core Sandy Bridge Processors, Thunderbolt and FaceTime HD. Of course they also added new AMD Graphics Cards which are reported to be 3 times faster than previous, but the most interesting update is still thunderbolt, and Apple is adding 2 thunderbolt for 27 inch iMac!

So exactly how fast is Thunderbolt? Check out the diagram below:

2 Thunderbolts on 27 inch iMacs!

Thunderbolt is really pretty fast, and although 21.5 iMacs will come with only 1 thunderbolt ports, each port can actually daisy-chain up to 7 devices, which is really impressive. But do note that 27 inch iMacs have 2 thunderbolt ports, which means that you can actually have 14 devices hook up to your iMac!

Of course FaceTime HD is added to all iMacs so you can FaceTime with your fellow iPhone owners or Macbook Pro family. Better graphics cards are added to help in gaming and movie rendering.

What I feel about the upgrades

Overall, I feel it is just an yearly update of processor and graphics, but of course we welcome the newly added Thunderbolt Ports and FaceTime HD! So do check out the new iMac 2011 at Apple.com!


What we will see in iMac 2011? [Prediction]

It is almost time of the year for Apple to refresh their iMac line. So what will we see in the iMac 2011 line?

Some prediction by me:

  • Sandy Bridge CPU for all iMacs
  • i5 for iMac 21.5 inch, i7 default for 27″
  • 8gb ram default for 27 inch iMac
  • 1TB HDD for 21.5inch and 2TB HDD for 27″ iMac as default
  • Better Graphics, might even be nVidia
  • Higher resolution of screen
  • HD FaceTime Camera
  • Thunderbolt for all iMac

Anything else that I have missed out? I really hope SSD to be in 27″ as default, but I highly doubt so.


Macbook Pro 2011 comes with Sandy Bridge, FaceTime HD and ThunderBolt

After much wait, Macbook Pro 2011 finally launched! Although we don’t see Liquid Metal Case, nor SSD standard set, but it is a pretty good upgrades. Let’s go into details:

  • All Macbook Pros even the 13inch is getting minimum i5, the rest will get i7
  • All Macbook Pros have 4 GB of RAM, very sufficient for current computing
  • Harddisk range from 320GB to 750GB 5400RPM
  • As usual, 13″ MBP will only have 1 Graphics Card which is the Intel HD Graphics 3000, 15″ and 17″ gets another better graphics card from AMD Radeon HD 6490M to 6750M

  • All Macbook Pros will be having FaceTime HD which support Video up to 720p

  • All Macbook Pros will get 1 Thunderbolt Port supports up to 10Gbps
  • MacBook Pro line starts from USD$1199 just $200 more than MacBook Air

Thunderbolt Port – The ALL-IN-ONE Wonder Port!

Overall the refresh didn’t have alot of “WOW” factor other than Thunderbolt which is quite incredible. Not only Thunderbolt is very fast, it support data transfer up to 10Gbps, it also can be daisy chain to support up to 6 devices. It can be connect to Raid arrays, video capture solutions, USB and FireWire peripherals, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini Display Port display Plugs which can be connected to HDMI, VGA displays! In short Thunderbolt is a ALL-IN-ONE Wonder Port!


Macbook Pro 2011 Specification Leaked!

Fscklog posted a image of what we think might be the Macbook Pro 2011 13 Inch Model Specification! Seems like it will be a usual refresh with some new technology as predicted in our previous blog post! Below are the details:

  • 2.3 GHZ Sandy Bridge Dual Core Intel Core i5 Processor with 3MB L3 Cache
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 320GB Hard disk (disappointed that is no SSD, but it should be available as an add on option)
  • 13.3-inch LED backlit display with a 1280×800 pixel resolution.
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB RAM
  • FaceTime HD Camera
  • 8X Superdrive
  • Thunderbolt (Which we suspect should be Light Peak Technology which Apple has been working on for quite some time)
  • SDXC SD Card Slot which seems to be able to support up to 2TB of Storage

We have gotten some of the main upgrades correct in our previous Macbook Pro 2011 Predication, but we didn’t expect Light Peak or Thunderbolt to be out so soon and the new SDXC SD Card slot which supports card storage up to 2TB. This 2 were out of our exceptions, but I’m pretty disappointed we ain’t getting any SSD as a standard package for the 13 inch model. Although we have no idea if 15 or 17 inch MBP will be getting SSD as its standard setup.

We have seen in Macbook Air that SSD really boost the notebook performance even from a low powered processor in the MBA. Really hope it will be included.

Although we can’t be sure that Thunderbolt is Light Peak, but it seems to be as seen in the picture above. Light Peak are a high speed IO technology which can transfer data at a very high speed of 1-10Gbps! Very cool technology but I’m sure it will take some time to gain popularity.

Another interesting technology is FaceTime HD which means that Macbook Pro users can now FaceTime at HD quality to fellow iPhone and iPod Touch and the future iPad 2.

Stay Tuned with us for more Macbook Pro 2011 details!