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Feb252011

Apple's New Laptops Feature Faster 'Thunderbolt' Technology

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | Apple Inc.(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- In announcing the company's latest line of MacBook Pro laptops, Apple also unleashed one dramatically-named piece of new technology: Thunderbolt.

And Apple says it's as powerful as it sounds. The so-called input-output (or I/O) technology makes it possible to transfer content to or from your laptop at lightning-fast speeds, the company says.

Similar to USB technology, which the laptops also support, Thunderbolt technology was developed at Intel labs, under the code name Light Peak, but makes its debut in Apple's newest laptops.

"Thunderbolt is a new interface technology that is roughly 10 times faster than what you currently have," said Lance Ulanoff, editor-in-chief of PCMag.com. "It's faster than USB, it's faster than FireWire. ...It's fiber-optic based."

Want to download a Blu-ray version of "Iron Man 2"?  With Thunderbolt, it will take you 30 seconds, instead of several minutes or even hours, depending on your connection, said Ulanoff.

Apple says Thunderbolt is 20 times faster than the current USB 2.0 protocol and 12 times faster than FireWire 800.

It not only can move data at high speeds, it can also connect to larger displays without reducing performance, the company says.

"This is potentially revolutionary," Ulanoff said.

But whether people actually adopt the technology at super-fast speeds remains to be seen.

Ulanoff said it's unclear how much other technology will be compatible with the new high-speed technology, and history has shown that consumers don't always leap for the fastest technology on the market.

Apple's new line of MacBook Pros includes three new laptops, starting at $1,199 for a 13-inch monitor, and reaching $2,499 for a 17-inch version, which is essentially the same as the previous version.

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