Originally Posted by cmf2
Yes, that seems like the only reasonable argument they made in that section, but how long has Apple been working with Intel on Thunderbolt now? It's not like they'd just be starting now if they wanted to add it.
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
Is it possible that that the "serious work" could have begun some time ago -- say, about the time that Apple began the "serious work" on Thunderbolt inclusion in the Mac products?
I guess what I am asking is: Are there physical (power, heat, space, battery, etc.) or cost considerations that prevent it being on the iPad 2 (in particular)?
Or is this, mainly, an engineering consideration? Hardware? Software? Both?
An iPad with Thunderbolt capability would have significant advantages over tablets offered by the competition.
And, it would be very un-Apple-like to not have considered this in its long term planning.
Good point and good questions. I too would be curious if PC Express is power hungry/volume using/heat generating.
If not, if it could be incorporated into a phone sized device (or at least iPad sized device) without undue consequences, then I'm persuaded that Apple would probably have started work on this a while back.
Then the question is, would they bring this out to its own port or just incorporate it into the dock connector (I seem to recall the dock connector has some unused pins)? Apple has seemed very keen on keeping the dock connector as the one and only I/O on their iOS devices (outside of the headphone port). And, how soon?
Being able to sync your iPad to your late model Mac in seconds would be a great selling point, but it's not compelling until Apple has sold a lot
more Macs with Thunderbolt on board. And outside of that, what does the format bring to iOS devices? Not using external drives, not wiring up printers or scanners, no video cameras or DSLRs with the connector for the time being, likely not a lot for a while.
So if this does come to iOS, I would expect next year at the earliest, when there's some actual ecosystem to take advantage of. And I wouldn't rule out Apple selling a dock connector to Thunderbolt dongle even then, because they just seem to roll that way.