Originally Posted by SolipsismX
You make excellent counter-arguments, but note I am not suggesting that Apple replaces USB, but adds the technology that a TB cable could be used for basic syncing and charging.
Now that sounds more reasonable, but I have a feeling the TB chipsets are too immature - probably a combination of size, power or heat - if not all three.
And again, as long as the iDevice has USB and
Thunderbolt, there will be no incentive to add TB. Variations from competitors increase costs, and in the Wintel side of the house, increasing cost is the only carnal sin.
Which is why there is no innovation to speak of on the PC side, and why you see Intel pushing new laptop designs... but that's another post
It is a 30-pin connector that no longer uses the FW pins. On top of that, we should consider that Apple will eventually replace that iPod Dock Connector that has been in use for about 8 years with a smaller connector with their ever-thinning devices.
Even Apple who loves thin would be hard pressed to make a connector thinner than the dock connector that will be durable.
I just don't see the sudden harping on the dock connector by analysts and forum posters. It's ridiculously thin (thinner than the current TB connector) and most importantly, there are a TON of accessories out there that fit into it.
I don't buy the "because it's 8 years old it's going to be replaced" angle.
After seeing the iPad 2's connector not be flush with the device I can't help but wonder if that is coming soon, and if it is wouldn't building in support for TB future-proofing the design even though the NAND in iDevices is still under 200Mb/s.
I see it more of a design anomaly than a forecast of things to come.
It is still fun to speculate, though - that's part of why we are here, eh?