Originally Posted by bigpics
Re: wireless power distribution being a big challenge, again, I could be missing an issue, but I imagine such a future iPad would to no more sophisticated than a 10 year old cordless toothbrush with a no plug cradle to make that work. So I'm betting the company that's reinvented personal computing, smart phones and tablets is up to that one if they wanna be. And I've recently saw that at least one big company is already offering inductive charging on a wireless device by simply resting it on a charge pad. (Think it was Dell or HP?):
This is even remotely viable I would expect to see it on the iPod lone first, starting with the smaller models and movign upwards due to their small batteries. I cant imagine something like the iPad with a 25W battery being viable for inductive charging for many years. Even now charging over the 5W USB in MBPs is inadequate for decent charging times, hence the inclusion of the external PSU and most likely, the introduction of Thunderbolt.
As for TBolt being somewhere in the iPad's future, I made the same point earlier in the thread and had the exchange below. I don't think you guys disagree exactly, but he seems more optimistic about the possibilities - and I don't think we'll have 100 GBS or even 10 GBS wireless for just a bit - so if he's correct, it might well be worth doing:
You guys are misunderstanding what it means to have Thunderbolt on a host PC. It doesnt mean that every device you connect it to has to have an x86 chip in it. Just look at the external HDDs with Thunderbolt that have been announced. It doesnt even mean that it has to have PCI as the accessory can still use some other protocol, like USB or FireWire, over that cable. All the Thunderbolt connector on a host PC will do is open up the doors to much faster connectivity and power for accessory devices. That means you will be able to connect an iPads 30-pin connector to a cable with a the iPod Dock Connector on one end and Thunderbolt/DP port at the other end to get 10W power supplied to it (2x charging rate) and faster syncing over a variety of protocols that Apple deems best.
In all seriousness do you really think Intel designed the next generation connector and made it so limited that ONLY devices with both an X86 chip AND a PCI connector could possibility benefit from it? What consumer purpose would that have?
Dont get hung up on the connector type or the spec sheet, just remember that its offers twice the power and is protocol independent. Thunderbolt is big news and will be creeping into the rest of the Mac line and other vendors products shortly. This has already been written and Intel already provides controllers for peripherals to offload onto Thunderbolt to be handled by the host machine. When you consider how long the iPad 2 was likely in production before Intel had got denied by the USB-IF to use the USB port interface, and that the iPhone 5 is still the flagship iDevice it makes sense that the iPad 2 doesnt have Thunderbolt capabilities, but that doesnt mean its not possible for Thunderbolt to ever be used with a peripheral that doesnt have an x86 chip in it.
PS: Youre agreeing with someone who thinks iPad is an acronym so you should take that into consideration.