The 2011 iMacs from Apple came out and of course they have Thunderbolt available. For the 21 inch model there is one Thunderbolt port and with the 27in model iMac there are two fast data transfer Thunderbolt port. If you want to use the iMac as a slave monitor for another Mac, the other Mac has to have a Thunderbolt port. It is not possible to to send in the data from other video out off other computers. I always wondered why anyone would want to do that anyway. It seems a bit silly to turn a €2000 computer into a €1000 monitor.
I for one am looking forward to making use of the Apple iMac 27 inch model with the two Mac Thunderbolt ports on to connect a couple of extra monitors. it will be just heaven to have the iMac in the middle and a 24in screen one either side. I will be able to see all of the applications I like to have in front of me in one go.
The new iMacs are super fast machines and the Thunderbolt is a brilliant enhancement that will let us bring in data from external hard drives as well as send data out to Thunderbolt enabled monitors. The iMacs are powered by quad-core processors, the new iMac is the fastest to come out of Apple. Every model has as standard the latest Intel Core i5 quad-core processor. You also have the option to specify the 21.5- or 27-inch iMac with the Intel Core i7. How cool is that?
The AMD Radeon HD graphics processors mean that you will be able to see a more responsive computer when you are editing movies with the new Final Cut X or with iMovie.
Thunderbolt devices available to buy are still thin on the ground, as in non existent for the general public to buy anyway. It is expected that they will start to appear on the shelves later in the summer. Available Thunderbolt devices will be the hard drives that will be super fast and Raid solutions. I think it is inevitable that the Drobo comes out as a Thunderbolt device quite soon. So many Mac users are Drobo users that Drobo are probably in the late stages of having devices available.
It is going to be interesting to see if it is going to only be a Mac Thunderbolt phenomenon or if the Thunderbolt ports will make there way to Non Mac computer hardware.