New Apple iMac range points to a faster future for iPhones

Today, Apple launched its latest range of iMacs. They’re armed to the teeth with Intel’s Quad-core i5 processors, FaceTime HD cameras and enhanced graphics. The lowest spec 21.5″ model is equipped with a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, IPS display technology on a LED backlit screen for ultimate brightness and great viewing from every angle. You get a minimum of 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage. Each model has a variety of ports on the back, including two Thunderbolt ports. All this starts at just $1,119.

I could go on about great the specs look, and what I think of the improvements, but I’m not going to. This is an iPhone centric site, and so, instead I’d rather ponder the future of syncing our iDevices. Thunderbolt, in particular is what I’d like to focus my attention on. Any of you familiar with Apple developments over the past year will have been aware of this technology already. In the last MacBook Pro update each notebook received this shiny new port alongside the usual USB 2.0 and VGA ports. Thunderbolt is something else!

Thunderbolt is an I/O (input/output) technology that allows users to connect external devices to their computers. This can range from high resolution displays to hard disk drives, it has the potential to connect almost anything to your MacBook/iMac. Granted, right now it is a relatively new technology. It has been developed by Intel, known for designing USB, and Apple, credited for developing Firewire. Essentially by putting two heads together the companies have come up with a super fast, and compact connection solution. It’s up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than Firewire 800. Incredibly, it can facilitate 10Gbps (Giga bits per second) going in and out at the same time, thanks to its two speedy channels.

So, what could this mean for the future of our iPhones and iPads? Let me ask you this: how long does it take to do a standard sync on your iPhone? A few minutes? I guess it depends on how many new apps need to be installed. Lets say it takes you 5 minutes, hypothetically. If Thunderbolt compatibility was brought to the iPhone this would reduce to around 15 seconds! Or lets say your device needs a restore, and rebooting from an old backup, this can take a good 30 minutes currently. With Thunderbolt you’d be able to reboot, and restore your handset in 90 seconds. The potential with this technology is incredible.

There have been whispers of patents being granted to add Thunderbolt compatibility to the iPhone, and like FaceTime I see this as being something Apple is really invested in. In a few years time there’s no reason why this can’t be the standard connection for all devices, and I’m looking forward to the day I can set up a brand new iPad through iTunes in less than two minutes.

What do you guys think? My guess is that it’ll rid us of the desire for wireless syncing. Comment below, or tweet @TiP_Cam


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  • Asif Rahman

    This only makes sense if the flash storage on the iOS device in question can WRITE at 10gbps, and most likely they will not for some time… you are always limited by the speed of the storage on the otherside of that thunderbolt wire, so its not correct to say a sync would take x seconds just by using 10gbps as you’re transfer speed.

    • Cam Bunton

      You’re right there. But, the potential is there, and that’s what’s exciting me.

      • Mike Conners

        Yes! It’s the difference in potential that always excites.

      • Asif Rahman

        lol ofcourse, im just getting impatient waiting for some thunderbolt enabled products, my biggest request right now is a docking ‘hub’ of sorts that lets my mbpro expand into a full desktop station via thunderbolt expansion :-D