Apple has unveiled the new line of MacBook Pros, which feature “Thunderbolt“, a lightning fast I/O interface that promises speeds up to 10Gbps, enough to transfer a full-length HD movie is less than 30 seconds. The port is backwards compatible (via adapters) with USB, ethernet, FireWire, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA. Of course, the updated MacBooks also include USB and the standard set of ports, so there is no reason to fret about pricy adapters just yet.
Apple states that “Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O” so it is very likely that it will be used on future iDevices—possibly including the iPad 2, which will be announced next week. Syncing devices has always been excruciatingly slow, so it’s great to see Apple taking the initiative on introducing the next generation of I/O tech.