In a Statement to the Verge, Apple Confirms That It Will Support Thunderbolt in ARM-Based Macs
Chaim Gartenberg, the Verge:
Apple is moving away from Intel’s chipsets in favor of its new, custom-designed ARM chips — but the company is promising that it’ll still support Intel’s Thunderbolt USB-C connectivity standard on new Apple silicon computers, despite the lack of Intel processors.
“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,” commented an Apple spokesperson, in a statement to The Verge.
Thankfully, Apple is trying to make this hardware transition as boring as possible from a user’s perspective, so a statement saying the opposite would have been more newsworthy. That’s not to say that it’s a waste of time to report on this, only that it fits the expectation Apple has set for this transition.