Earlier today, Intel supplied some key perception into Thunderbolt 4, following a preliminary unveiling at CES again in January. The most recent model of the connection customary isn’t really quicker than its predecessor (nonetheless providing up the identical 40 Gbps as its predecessor), however, there are some key enhancements on-board, together with some up to date system necessities. Right here’s the rundown, per Intel:
Double the minimum video and information necessities of Thunderbolt 3.
Video: Help for two 4K displays or one 8K display.
Data: PCIe at 32 Gbps for storage speeds up to 3,000 MBps.
The brand new model shall be appropriate with each Thunderbolt 3 and outdated USB connections, and it’s set to reach in some unspecified time in the future later in 2020 on laptops sporting Tiger Lake CPUs. One huge query mark in all of this, nonetheless, is whether or not Apple will proceed to assist this newest connection on its upcoming line of ARM-based Macs. In any case, the transfer marks a key rift within the longstanding relationship between Apple and Intel.
In a statement supplied to TechCrunch, the corporate restated its dedication to connection it’s been so invested in over the previous a number of years, noting, “Over a decade in the past, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our clients benefit from the velocity and suppleness it brings to each Mac. We stay dedicated to the way forward for Thunderbolt and can assist it in Macs with Apple silicon.”