While Apple says it will support Thunderbolt 4, there are big unknowns

Posted On: Jul 10, 2020   |   Posted By: iMore

While Apple says it will support Thunderbolt 4, there are big unknowns

Earlier this week, Intel released specifications for its latest universal cable connectivity solution, Thunderbolt 4. The hardware interface allows external peripherals to connect to a computer. The new standard increases minimum performance requirements while also expanding capabilities and USB4 specification compliance. Despite this, its maximum bandwidth remains the same compared to Thunderbolt 3.
Here's a look at what the new standard will mean for Apple and Mac moving forward.
What is Thunderbolt 4
Like Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4 uses a USB-C connector to deliver data, video, and power over a single connection. Thunderbolt 4 supports 40Gb/s data transfer and can be used with three downstream ports to share bandwidth. It will continue to use the same USB-C design port and will be compatible with both USB-C and USB 4.
To comply with the Thunderbolt 4 standard, manufacturers must meet the following requirements:
Must support two 4K displays or one 8K display.
PCIe at 32 Gbps for storage speeds...

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