Patent Suggests Thunderbolt Could be Coming to iOS Devices

Posted in Apple, Apple News, iOS on 05/01/2012 by Henry Taylor-Gill


A new series Apple patents has revealed that Thunderbolt could feature on iOS devices in the future, Patently Apple reports. One of the patents stated that:

“a connection may be provided between a portable media player and a display, a computer and a portable media player,or between other types of devices.”

Rather like Firewire, the main benefit of having Thunderbolt enabled iOS devices would be the super fast data transfer speeds. You would only have to wait a few seconds for all your media to transfer.

It is unclear from the patents whether the Thunderbolt iOS device would be a host device as well or simply a peripheral, but regardless, Apple would have to reengineer the connector “to be flat enough to fit a USB-type of device slot”, as Patently Apple puts it.


Henry Taylor-Gill

Henry is a student who is a huge Apple fan, and has used their products since day one. He can remember how happy he was when he received the first iPod back in 2001 as a birthday present. He has an international background, having spent most of his life in France but he now lives in the UK. He is also a native French speaker and can also speak Spanish at a decent level. In addition to tech, Henry is an avid sports fan and has his own sports blog.