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Thunderbolt's future on the Mac could be saved by the USB-C port

Jason Snell | June 4, 2015
Just when you thought Thunderbolt was dead, it comes back to life like a horror-movie monster. On Tuesday Intel announced Thunderbolt 3, offering more bandwidth, trademark Thunderbolt versatility, and a page from the old Thunderbolt playbook--plug compatibility with an existing connector.

Times of frustration

Transitions like these can be frustrating for users. Nobody likes having to buy adapters or looking on at new products with envy because they're simply not compatible with the computer they bought recently. But in the end, this is how progress happens. Intel's use of the USB-C connector for Thunderbolt 3 has the promise to make the future a lot simpler and better — but as always, it'll be a bit bumpy getting there.


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