Apple Computers With Built-In ThunderBolt Ports
The first Apple computers shipping with a single ThunderBolt compatible port supplanting the mini-DVI DisplayPort were initially models of Apple's MacBook Pro series. TBolt enabled iMacs soon followed, with dual ThunderBolt ports on the hi-end 27" model. Revisions of Apple Mac mini desktop and laptop MacBook Air with built-in ThunderBolt have been rolled out. Mid 2102 revisions so far now include ThunderBolt MacBooks with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports as well. Expect TBolt + USB3 iMac and Mac mini before year's end, and a Macintosh Pro with Thunderbolt in early 2013.
ThunderBolt + USB 3.0 Laptop ComputersMore affordable than ever and reduced to a base price of $999 the compact Apple MacBook Air 11.6" Laptop w/ThunderBolt + USB3 is the most affordable TBolt (and now USB 3.0) equipped laptop yet.
The most popular model of Apple Laptop:
Entry-Level ThunderBolt Laptop
Apple MacBook Pro 13.3"
Apple MacBook Pro 15.4"
Intel i7 Quad-Core
For a Top-Of-The-Line TBolt Capable Laptop now with TWO ThunderBolt AND USB 3.0 Ports - as well as a stunning high-resolution Retina Display:
Retina Display MacBook Pro
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ThunderBolt iMac ComputersQuad-Core 27" iMac With ThunderBolt
DUAL ThunderBolt Ports
Alternately, here's the Apple iMac MC812LL/A 21.5" with a SINGLE T-Bolt port.
ThunderBolt Port Mac miniNew Model - No DVD
HDMI and ThunderBolt
New iMac models with T-Bolt ports are shipping. The revamped 21" & 27" Quad-Core desktop line features a range of Dual and Quad Core Intel i5 and i7 CPU's at varying clock-speeds. There's a single port on the more affordable 21" models, and DUAL ThunderBolt ports on the 27". That's some serious bandwidth! It's a smart move to target both casual consumers and Prosumers as well. The iMac (especially Dual-ThunderBolt 27" model) are a CPU and Graphic powerhouse to rival the Macintosh Pro towers - and highly favored by Video editors and Music studios for a 1-piece editing station.
The optional Apple Store Build-To-Order configrations include an optional Solid-State SSD secondary drive in the iMac line - or a SSD as a primary drive in a BTO MacBook Pro. A Solid-State drive is highly recommended to compliment and leverage ThunderBolt's incredible I/O speeds.
Thunder Bolt Device Adoption RatesIt was a smart move for Apple to introduce ThunderBolt on the Unibody Aluminum MacBook Pro line. The MacBook is and has long been responsible for the lion's share of Macintosh computers sold over the past few years. Roughly 2 out of 3 Mac's sold are portable MacBook laptops. So this is the best way for Apple and Intel to spur rapid adoption. Now with TBolt iMacs casual and Pro content creators have been brought into the mix. The Mac mini, MacBook Air now ship with ThunderBolt I/O port. The somewhat neglected Mac Pro tower line has yet to receive a TBolt upgrade, but it's expected soon.
Intel is a huge OEM provider of PC logic boards. So expect ThunderBolt port motherboards to hit the Windows market as PC's start to ship with Ivy-Bridge Intel Chipsets. ThunderBolt adapter cables and converters are on their way to help foster the adopton of the ThunderBolt - LightPeak standard. They'll provide legacy computer interface expansion options across both platforms.
One Interface To Rule Them All
Because ThunderBolt aka LightPeak is a direct extension to the PCI-x bus, it can be an 'On-Ramp' for other peripheral bus technologies. Mac users have bemoaned the lack of upgradability or 'Expansion Slots' in many Mac models. Well, ThunderBolt delivers just that: Access to the PCI bus externally thru a mini-connector. Expect a wide range of ThunderBolt interface adapters to USB 3, USB2 and 1.1, FireWire 400/800, eSata and others to provide port-conversion compatibility to a wide range of high-speed and SuperSpeed devices. Macintosh models that now sport a single T-Bolt port where the DisplayPort was - uses the same connector.
ThunderBolt Has Room To Grow
The 10GBps per-channel, dual-channel ThunderBolt spec far exceeds the data transfer capabilities of any wired computer peripheral interface spec to date - Double that of the emerging SuperSpeed standard of USB 3.0 accessories for Mac. So it is a major leap forward for computing technology.