New MacBook Pros May Call Light Peak “Thunderbolt”

| Rumor

Apple hasn’t released updated MacBook Pro models yet, so there’s still time for more rumors, and today’s claim Apple will include Intel’s Light Peak peripheral connector and that it will be called “Thunderbolt,” according to Engadget.

Light Peak is Intel’s new high speed connection for laptops that supports displays, hard drives, and other peripherals through a single port. The interface is intended to use fibre optic for its connections, although Apple is rumored to be using copper instead.

New MacBook Pro rumor: Thunderbolt

The Thunderbolt port apparently looks exactly like Apple’s current Mini Display Port, and supports both types of connectors. If true, that means customers can use their existing Mini Display Port video adapters to connect to displays and projectors.

According to Mac Rumors, Thunderbolt will be included on all new MacBook Pro models, including the low-end 13-inch model.

The new models will apparently include a minimum of 4GB RAM standard, will continue to offer FireWire and USB ports, and will weigh less than current models.

Other rumors claim retailers should be receiving mystery shipments from Apple, and the models will include SSD storage for the operating system and hard drive for apps and data.

Apple hasn’t revealed any specs for the next MacBook Pro update, nor has the company confirmed that it plans on releasing new laptops any time soon. Ship times for the MacBook Pro, however, are showing a three to five day delay on the company’s Web site, which often indicates a new product launch is just around the corner.



I was thinking “Light Peak” was snappy enough, but then I heard that Apple had a snappier name, along the lines of Face Time for “internet video chat”. Thought about many things, but then I saw that the connector was like a USB connector, or Universal Serial Bus, and now it can connect many protocols, and of course it is fast, so I thought the plural of “bus” could be “Buzz”, which also has connotations of Pixar’s “Buzz Light Year”.

No offense to Apple marketing people, but I think “Thunderbolt” has connotations of going to the toilet in a hurry, while “Buzz” sounds better for a fast connector ............


Thunder what now? Wow, that sounds dorky, and it definitely doesn’t ‘roll of the tongue’. I mean ‘Firewire’ is quick and easy to say, and makes some logical connection - wire - with the fact that it’s a (mostly) external data connectivity standard. USB is a geek speak acronym, but at least it’s quick and easy to say. ‘Thunder Bold’, on the other hand, sounds like a really bass-y speaker system.

Hey Apple… How about going with a name like like ‘Lightspeed’, ‘Lightwire’, or maybe… ‘Lightpeak’. (ed: Yeah. Buzz is pretty cool, too!) There have to be about a hundred better names (that professional marketeers can come up with). The only thing that ‘ThunderBolt’ has for it is that it’s memorable. Unfortunately, it’s memorable in the same way as that horrible bowl-cut that the kid down the street got one summer, that everybody still teases him about even though he’s now in college.


How about going with a name like like ?Lightspeed?

Wasn’t that a brand of underwear in Futurama?


Yeah, the only problem is that Verizon has a new phone coming out tomorrow called the Thunderbolt.  But things like that never stopped Apple in the past.

Apple was the name of the Recording company that handled all of the Beatles music, and iPhone was originally a Cisco device.


Wasn?t that a brand of underwear in Futurama?

I never really got into Futurama, but that’s funny. I think that most people would miss that reference, and associate ‘lightspeed’ with ‘fast as light’. Maybe not, though. Who knows?

Lee Dronick

The next Mac OS will be called Zeus and it will throw thunderbolts at the competition.


With apologies to Clint Eastwood and all the film buffs reading;
Thunderbolt and Light Peak?

Lee Dronick

Good one Brutno!


And Steve Jobs ditches black turtle neck for old football guernsey with thunderbolt on front discovered in bottom of cellar in in his demolished home.
Wants to be called “thunderbolt kid”


how about the lightning port.

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