Apple Granted Patent For USB/Thunderbolt-Compatible 30-Pin Connector
Apple has just won a patent, which I totally saw coming a mile away, that seemingly allows for their semi-ubiquitous 30-pin connector to support “DisplayPort (dual lane)”, which sounds a lot like the Thunderbolt standard so recently added to the Apple stable.
Their is a patent that shows a step in this direction: further coalescing different protocols into one mega-connector.
The patent is for a new 30-pin connector that’s compatible with both USB and DisplayPort dual-lane (AKA Thunderbolt). The composite video and audio out pins are used to make room for the bandwidth.
Having a single connector for all Apple-related devices is the natural endgame here, and it’s not so bad if you’re in the Apple ecosystem — though from a broader perspective it’s worrying. At any rate, we can probably expect to see Thunderbolt in iPhone 5 and combined ports in the next generation of MacBooks.