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January 05, 2012


@ Technoid. You know, it might be all Intel's. Yet, Apple has never come out and agreed with that 100%. They too have several Thunderbolt trademark applications (as linked to in the report above) and never publically acknowledged them being so-called transferred to Intel. Reporters/bloggers may have published Intel's point of view or propoganda, but Apple has never publically supported such statements.

Secondly, Apple's verbiage on their website hints at an equal participation in the development of this standard. Here's what they state:

"Thunderbolt began at Intel Labs with a simple concept: create an incredibly fast input/output technology that just about anything can plug into. After close technical collaboration between Intel and Apple, Thunderbolt emerged from the lab to make its appearance in Mac computers.

Intel co-invented USB and PCI Express, which have become widely adopted technologies for data transfer. Apple invented FireWire and was instrumental in popularizing USB. Their collective experience has made Thunderbolt the most powerful, most flexible I/O technology ever in a personal computer."

Apple is all but stating that Firewire technology and experience was put into this standard. Apple may or may not have made a deal with Intel in order to get first dibs at it or that they could customize it, who knows. But there's certainly a resistance in how they present it on their site.

Many believe that Apple played a much larger role in the development of Thunderbolt, and we may never know just how large a role it was. The facts are likely buried in some legal paperwork in a vault that we'll never have access to. Because Apple has never publically supported the position that Thunderbolt is Intel's alone, many, including myself, won't go along with it being Intel's outright. Rightly or wrongly. I'm not convinced this is a done deal yet.

"Apple's revolutionary I/O technology called Thunderbolt."

I'm sure you meant to say Intel's revolutionary I/O technology. After all, they developed it and hold the trademark.

@ Mike

Nice in theory. I like to take videos with my iPod touch. They're just tiny videos adding up to about 20 minutes at a time. It took forever to downloand them to my iMac. I was surprised how long it took. Secondly, I have a wireless router, and my imac is only wireless. It took something stupid like 5 hours to download osx lion. So for me, give me what actually works. Theory I could live without.

I am not sure why iOS devices need wired connections. Apple should concentrate more effort to wireless connections for such devices as we don't need TB's of data backed up and restored to iOS devices.
iOS devices are called mobile devices so you must do everything without wires.
Just my 2 cents

The patent lays out a definition of Thunderbolt that matches Apple's and Intel's version of Thunderbolt.

Apple's statement in the patent application that this new I/O standard is coming to portable media players is clearly presented and quoted. But you won't see that in the claims. Does it mean it won't happen? Of course not. Apple describes the application pertaining to the invention and that's just a fact.

The facts pertaining to the heart of each patent of the three patents were accurately represented with supporting graphics where applicable.

The fact is that these patents are indeed related to Thunderbolt and are supported by the graphic of the connector in question.

So relying only on the patent claims and disregarding what's in the rest of the patent application is downright ignorant.

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