Thunderbolt (formerly known as Light Peak) is the input/output that you’ll find on the new MacBook Pro, lodged next to the USB ports and marked with a cute little lightning bolt. But what can this bit of tech do, and how will it affect the way you use your MacBook Pro? Read on for everything you need to know about the MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt I/O.
Here’s what Apple says about Thunderbolt:
“Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on a notebook computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters.