Consistent with Intel, new and sooner Thunderbolt cables will likely be launched within the latter half of of the yr. The excessive-velocity usual firstly referred to as for the usage of optical cables to make sure a better throughput, however this plan used to be scuppered sooner than unlock in favour of more cost effective copper cables.
Now that Thunderbolt has been out for a while, these higher-end cables are being revisited, and should be out before the end of the year. The new cables should be cable of much higher data transfer rates and work over lengths of tens of meters, due to the efficiency of the optical technology, but they do come with a downside. Optical Thunderbolt cables won’t be able to transmit power as well as data, so you won’t be able to keep your devices charged through a single cable; you’ll need to use another source or just accept the loss of battery life. The new cables will be fully compatible with all Thunderbolt ports, so thankfully the standard won’t become too fragmented.
We’ve no word on pricing or specific release dates yet, but we’ll bring that information to you when it’s available.