Several years back, the only major technology supplier to support Thunderbolt or it’s evolved, Thunderbolt 2, was Apple.
Simply there wasn’t the same proliferation of Thunderbolt products as there was for USB 3.0 and later, USB-C products.
As with a number of technologies championed by Apple, the relatively high cost for Thunderbolt peripherals and accessories was a major hurdle in growing the market for Thunderbolt.
Coming to market at the end of 2008, USB 3.0 incorporated SuperSpeed (SS) data transfer up to 5 gigabits per second (Gbps). Utilising full-duplex transfers so that data can transfer in both directions simultaneously, allowed USB 3.0 about a 20x bandwidth increase over USB 2.0.
.... and the huge advantage for USB 3.0 acceptance was the backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices. Simply, your new computers would still work with your old USB 2.0 peripherals. Then USB 3.1 Gen 2 was announced in 2013, raising transfer speeds 10 Gbps.
This was the same speed that Apple was touting with Thunderbolt. However, this latest Intel technology used a new connector, referred to as a USB Type-C or more simply USB-C.
The very low cost of these USB peripherals plus the increasingly faster versions of USB didn’t help Apple or Intel with the uptake of Thunderbolt.
However, the big change occurred at the end of 2015, in what was to become the real turning point in the development of Thunderbolt.
Apple and Intel changed the connector on their newly released Thunderbolt 3 at the end of 2015.
They changed it to a compatible USB-C connector.
This was the game changer for Thunderbolt.
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