"Thunderbolt will likely see more rapid adoption in the high-end video market."
No kidding! Given it takes an SSD or multiple, striped HDDs which push the cost per GB way up it's never really going to be a consumer technology.
How about the technology was alive, well and publically released in AppleTV while the student was still in high school and the year before iPhone was released?
Apple should sue the guy for making GBP500K from their invention especially as they told him not to.
It would be difficult to prove an anti-competitive cartel/oligopoly as, despite being the major players, the collective software engineering staff of these companies does not constitute the majority or even significant market share. Collectively they still only represent a small percentage of the US software engineering base. This provides more than enough choice for the individual to vote with their feet especially if they are free to approach the other parties...
ATV development's a possibility but why the "mac" reference?
Perhaps this is more evidence of the Mac/iDevice fusion. Definitely at a marketing/retail level (the App/Mac App Stores are both underpinned by iTunes) but the questions is, is it at a technical level?
Universal iOS Apps already allow the same Xcode project to hold different controller classes for iPhone/iPad versions whilst accessing the same functional 'backend' classes. You can add a Mac target to the same...
I still don't get this obsession with ports/cables on mobile device. Portables, fine but the iPad/Pod/Phone are mobile, you can't use them well with cables sticking out.
HDMI especially has no case, it makes no sense to leave the iPad beside the TV. More sense to have the iPad near you but you'd need a dock>HDMI connector with a 5m+ cable & booster - may as well get an ATV.