Muffled Thunderbolt

Bloomin' Apple. Always innovating, and frequently irritating.

Take Thunderbolt. Apple deserves plaudits for introducing this new, ultra-fast cable connection with the new iMacs and MacBook Pros released this year. Thunderbolt has the potential to replace USB, monitor cables and a bunch of other things, simplifying the horribly complicated banks of ports on the average computer. The version of Thunderbolt on the MacBook Pro is so fast you can hook the laptop up to two giant 27in 'Cinema Display' monitors. When the MacBook Air was updated to include Thunderbolt a few days ago, many thought the ultra-thin PC plus two giant screens would make the perfect computing package.

Turns out, no so much. It seems the version of Thunderbolt included in the Air is less powerful than the one in the MacBook Pro - not powerful enough, in fact, to run two Cinema Displays.

Seems a bit cheeky of Apple not to draw more attention to it. As TechCrunch reports, 'Apple doesn’t hide this fact on the Air’s product page. 'Or use the Thunderbolt port to connect the new Apple Thunderbolt Display and transform your ultracompact MacBook Air into a complete desktop workstation.' But they probably won’t stop an order with a MacBook Air and two Thunderbolt Displays.'


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