Thunderbolt 4 is the latest generation of Intel's premium connectivity interface.
Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 is fully compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB4. It is backwardly compatible with all USB-C versions.
Like Apple's famous tagline - "it just works".
Growing out of Intel's and Apple's existing Thunderbolt 3 specification, Thunderbolt 4 complements and builds on the existing USB-C, 3.2 and 2.0 architectures. The result is that you can plug a USB-C cable into a Thunderbolt 4 port and it will operate normally as USB-C.
The socket remains the same as that which has been used for several recent versions of USB, most popularly known as USB-C.
With an increase in the speed of hardware and ever-increasing demands of professionals, gamers, and users of processing intensive software, there has been a corresponding significantly higher data performance required to maintain peak performance.
Thunderbolt 4 is that major update catering for that extra hardware and software demand. So popular is Thunderbolt 4 that all major computer and device manufacturers are beginning to incorporate Thunderbolt 4 into their higher end products.
For example Apple’s latest iPad has USB-C but the 2021 iPad Pro boasts Thunderbolt 4. Aimed at studio professionals the iPad 4 is their top-end tablet and gets the nod as the world’s first mobile device to have Thunderbolt 4.
And yes, this was the game changer.
However, Thunderbolt 4 raises the maximum bandwidth to 40Gbps and enables multiple simultaneous data and display protocols. Thunderbolt 4 can dynamically share a single high-speed link with multiple end devices, so that the priority task or process is allocated the bulk of bandwidth.
As mentioned earlier, Intel's USB Type-C connector had become an almost default interface for modern computers and devices, so the introduction of Thunderbolt 4 provides for that backward compatibility whilst at the same time allowing users to buy new Thunderbolt hardware without being penalised by different connectors or incompatible protocols.
At HomeKit Australia, we love the Thunderbolt interface and take real satisfaction in making new performance Thunderbolt products available to you.
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