Apple and Intel announce Thunderbolt

The updated MacBook Pros announced today include a fast new IO system, developed jointly by Apple and Intel and formerly known as Light Peak.

Both Apple and Intel have agreed to call the new technology by a common name: Thunderbolt. When the IEEE 1394 interface (“FireWire”) was developed, different companies used different names to refer to the interface. This led to some confusion in the marketplace, and it seems Apple and Intel are hoping to prevent a repeat of this.

New MacBook Pro specifications appear on apple.com

Apple announced updated MacBook Pros today. The technical specs of the updated computers were leaked and widely publicized yesterday, and are now officially available on the MBP specs page.