My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Fiber Optic Thunderbolt Cables are coming by the Third Quarter of 2013 – Apple Mac's to finally get upgraded as Optical Computer now closer to practicality

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fiber Optic Thunderbolt Cables are coming by the Third Quarter of 2013 – Apple Mac's to finally get upgraded as Optical Computer now closer to practicality



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Response to the Facebook Group We Want a New Macpro allegedly an email posted by Apple CEO Tim Cook in response to an email sent by user named Franz

Word on the Street says Thunderbolt Cables are going straight Optical by the Third Quarter of 2013. Even better, Apple entire line of Mac Pros is coming along for the Fiber Optic Thunderbolt ride.

Promise made, promise being kept.


This as earlier this January 2013, Intel, the developers of the Thunderbolt cable Standard, had given the Optical Specifications and license to  Sumitomo Electric Industries to start making Optical versions of the Thunderbolt cables as noted in “Optical Thunderbolt cables in Mass production”, coming soon published January 2, 2013 11:11 AM PST by Topher Kessler, CNET News.

And in anticipation of the seismic shift involved (or should that be indication?), the prices for the current crop of Copper-based Thunderbolt Cables has dropped. This in a bid to clear inventories and get everyone psyched and ready for the new Fiber Optic-based Thunderbolt Cables as noted in “Apple's Thunderbolt cable gets a price drop, shorter version”, published January 9, 2013 4:18 PM PST by Josh Lowensohn, CNET News.

The new Thunderbolt Cables will not only differ in terms of using Fiber Optic. They’ll also have the following characteristics:

1.      Made from Fiber Optic’s traditional material of ultrapure silica glass that’s thinner than a hair, as opposed to Copper for the original Thunderbolt Cables
2.      Lengths as long as 30 meters, compared to 3 meters for the copper-based Thunderbolt Cables
3.      Transfer Speeds as high as 100GBps, compared to copper-based Thunderbolt Cables which max out at 10GBps.
4.      No Power in the Cables (sorry, can’t use these to power you External Thunderbolt Drive), necessitating changing of Thunderbolt Ports to handle the new Fiber Optic Standards

Folks, the Optical Computer and Processor Speeds higher than 3.6 MBps without Liquid Cooling are edging closer to possibility as had been predicted in my blog article entitled “IBM develops 25Gbps Photonic Optical Processor at the 90nm level - IBM's Red Dawn (2012) for Optical Processors”.

In that article, I’d predicted an Optical Processor most likely being developed in the Third or Fourth Quarter in 2013. Thus Intel, which had partnered with Apple to develop the Thunderbolt specification that was originally for Fiber Optic as noted in my blog article entitled “Intel and LightPeak - Race towards the Sun” had now seen the light, pun not intended.

Apparently this new Thunderbolt specification is a bid to up ante with regards to innovation when compared to USB 3.0 and meet the demand this kind of speed. This demand was evidenced from the uptake of the Apple iPhone 5, the Apple iPad 4 and the Apple iPad Mini. All of these Mobile Computing device feature Lightning, the mobile version of Thunderbolt.

Thus along with the new Fiber Optic Thunderbolt Cable specifications, Intel and Apple may soon be making announcements on specifications for the Fiber Optic Versions of the Thunderbolt Cable for Apple’s Mac line. It also means your old Thunderbolt External Hard-drives such as those compared in in the article “Top five Thunderbolt storage devices: Performance meets capacity”, published February 7, 2013 5:35 PM PST by Dong Ngo, CNET News  that were mainly for the PC market are now obsolete.

These early Thunderbolt External Storage Devices and other gear will be obsolete by the Third Quarter of this Year. Just as well; they’re mostly early adopter’s devices that were poorly designed.

This development of a Fiber Optic Thunderbolt Port alone may herald the coming of not only faster Optical computers, but also of a coming Revival for Desktop Computers and Laptops, which may be the first devices to get this Thunderbolt Fiber Optic Port specification before it trickles down to Tablets and smartphones.

And the first devices to get the upgrade?

Why the Apple Mac line which includes the Apple iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air and Mac Mini of course in keeping with Apple CEO Tim Cooks promise in June 2013 as noted in “Apple CEO says Mac Pro update to come 'next year'”, published June 12, 2012 6:48 PM PDT by Dara Kerr, CNET News! Proof of the power of petitioning via Social Networking website Facebook works as noted in “Mac Pro petition gaining steam on Facebook”, published May 25, 2012 5:10 AM PDT by Don Reisinger, CNET News.

Mac Pro users made their malcontent with Apple lack of solid updates to the Mac Pro line for the past two (2) years heard on the their Facebook Petition page We Want a New Macpro to which CEO Tim Cook allegedly had posted an email response to an email sent by user named Franz with regards to this burning issue.

Promise made, promise being kept, as I’d said before!

Starting with the Macbook Pro line, which had gotten the ORIGINAL Thunderbolt treatment early as noted in my blog article entitled “MacBook Pro and Intel LightPeak - Thunderbolt and The Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Ditto too the Apple iPhone 5 which followed soon after with the Apple iPad and Apple iPad Mini in 2012 joining the growing Lightning company as reported in “Apple now shipping Lightning to 30-pin adapters”, published October 8, 2012 4:57 AM PDT by Lance Whitney, CNET News.

Apple’s Mac Line is expected to get a much needed Refresh in the Summer of 2013. This’ll most likely consist of Quad or Octo (??)-Core Ivy Bridge Processors topped off with the new Fiber Optic Thunderbolt Standards and serious improvements to the Operating System.

More than enough to please the disenchanted Professional Crowd that wished Apple was more professional in its business dealings as noted in “Why Apple's secrecy is frustrating Mac Pro customers”, published March 11, 2013 10:05 AM PDT by Josh Lowensohn, CNET News.


If you take a gander at the sales chart above for comparing Desktop product to Portables, you can’t quite blame Apple for focusing more on Portable devices i.e. Apple iPod line, Apple iPhone, Apple iPad line and Apple iPhone. There reportedly is also an Apple iWatch based on the Apple iPod Nano coming in March 2013 as predicted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Apple to debut Apple iWatch in March 2013 – iWant one and iCant Wait”, albeit it now look more like the Second or Third Quarter of 2013.

There is also rumours of an Apple iRadio i.e. upgrades to the Apple iPod line to be capable of real-time Streaming music from Apple’s iCloud as prognosticated in my blog article entitled “Apple iWatch and Apple iRadio coming in the Second Quarter of 2013 - Battery life innovations needed to power the Evil Dead for Apple iCloud Streaming”.

Apple makes more money from the Mobile Computing part of their business, being as Mobile Computing in all its forms is currently HOT globally as noted in my Geezam blog article entitled “How the Apple iPad killed Ultrabooks, Printing and the Mouse as the World Rediscovers Tablets”.

Gesture based Touch screen capabilities on ALL of Apple’s products may also be in the works for the current and upcoming Apple’s Mac and Apple iPod line, Apple iPhone, Apple iPad line and Apple iPhone. This as Apple may be planning to license Israeli startup PointGrab’s 2D based Gesture Control Technology into iOS and Mac OS.

PointGrab’s Technology made its debut at CES (Computer Electronics Show) 2013 as surmised in “Startup to bring touchless gesture control tech to iOS”, published January 9, 2013 2:36 PM PST by Daniel Terdiman, CNET News. Integration of PointGrab into iOS and Mac OS would thus allowing users of these products the ability to control their products using existing 2D Camera Technology and PointGrab’s rather copious library of Air Gestures.

Touch Screen Laptops are ergonomically inefficient in Apple’s view. Clearly Air Gestures combined with Siri Voice Commands is where the Big A’s headed as prognosticated in my Geezam blog article entitled “Siri and Kinect: Heralds of a coming world free of Remote Controls”.

This is all set to shakedown in the Third Quarter of 2013 when it comes to Apple reviving their ailing PC line….speculation for another article, at another time.

Stay tuned to my blog and the Geezam blog as this story develops.
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