Apple has shifted from using Intel chips to ARM-based chips in processor as discussed in WWDC 2020. However, the company promises to keep supporting the existing Intel’s Thunderbolt USB-C type cable on their newly designed ARM-based Macs soon to be launched.
“Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon,” commented an Apple spokesperson, in a statement.
There were some rumours going around about Apple ditching the technology, but the fact that Apple made the decision to stick around with it makes more sense as the complete shift can take time and Apple has equally put in time with Intel to develop the Thunderbolt technology.
These companies have been together for over a decade delivering the best possible products to their customers. They have now departed to their own way for good. Despite the collab, a lot of other devices like iPad Pro, which is also going to be ARM-based hasn’t yet seen any update regarding the Thunderbolt connectivity as it also has a USB-C port.
Intel also has given a sneak peek into their under-developing Thunderbolt 4, which will be based on the USB4 spec standard and it will be using the same USB-C port that Thunderbolt 3 is already using. Thunderbolt 4 is said to have more guaranteed features like ability to power external monitors or charge laptops. The USB 4, when compared to USB 3, will be incorporating a lot of features that USB 3 lacked.