Apple's Arm-Based Macs With Apple Silicon Chips Will Support Thunderbolt

Apple is working on Macs that use its custom Apple-designed Apple Silicon chips instead of Intel chips, but Apple has committed to continuing to support Thunderbolt, reports The Verge.

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In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said that Apple's upcoming machines will offer support for Intel's Thunderbolt USB-C standard.

"Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon."

Apple at WWDC unveiled its plans for Macs equipped with ‌Apple Silicon‌ chips, the first of which is set to come out before the end of 2020. Apple eventually plans to transition all of its Macs to ‌Apple Silicon‌, a process that the company says will take two years.

According to Apple, ‌Apple Silicon‌ will bring a new level of performance with more powerful Macs that are also more energy efficient with better battery life.

Top Rated Comments

masterleep Avatar
7 months ago
Now let's hope they get rid of the awful Touch Bar.
Score: 50 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr_Brightside_@ Avatar
7 months ago
Welcome news!
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
7 months ago


Get rid of that nonsense and just go to usb 4. Streamline it even more.

It probably is exactly that. USB4 supports Thunderbolt 3
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thingstoponder Avatar
7 months ago
I expected this despite all the doom and gloomers. Still nice that Apple game out ahead of this And didn’t let it linger. Now please announce Apple Silicon Macs won’t be limited to their own GPUs. Plenty of people are saying this like it’s a fact and it’s obvious nonsense to me.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Onelifenofear Avatar
7 months ago


Now let's hope they get rid of the awful Touch Bar.

I love it. Use it all the time. Admittedly I have some awesome setup for apps with Better Touch Tool.

it's interesting that some people hate on this... just because it doesn't fit their needs or they can't be bothered to find out what it can do....

That said I would love for apple to have an OLED keyboard like the Optimus Maximus. Completely customisable for every app. shows tools images into photo shop for example.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zen_Arcade Avatar
7 months ago
Good news but hardly surprising.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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