New MacBook Pro line 2011: Thunderbolt Feature Official

We’ve been bringing you all the news and speculation about the refreshed MacBook Pro line for 2011, which has just been made official. We’ve told you about some rumored specs, latest news and earlier today told how the online Apple Store was down meaning the new MacBook Pro line would be released shortly.

We also told of a rumor of Intel Light Peak technology being used and then yesterday told how it might possibly be renamed Thunderbolt, which is what has now happened. The new MacBook Pro line is now available on the Apple Store, or will be very shortly, with all the new specs and features confirmed. We wanted to focus on the new Thunderbolt feature that will give much faster connections and is available on all three sizes of new MacBook Pros.

The new Light Peak technology, named Thunderbolt, was officially unveiled by Apple and Intel today and Tim Stevens over on Engadget says that Thunderbolt promises 10Gb/second transfer rates and it will work both to and from your device as it’s dual-channel. Apple also feels that this new high-speed connection will be “widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O. You can see the full Apple press release at the Engadget link above. The Intel page for it adds that the Thunderbolt speeds will enable a full HD movie to be transferred in less than 30 seconds.

You can also read much more about this new high-speed connection feature at apple.com here where it says that Thunderbolt “sets new standards for speeds, flexibility, and simplicity.” PCI Express and DisplayPort have been used to enable both high-resolution displays and high-speed peripherals from just one port. This is a great step forwards for the new MacBook Pro range and we can’t wait to see the first hands-on and reviews of the new line.

What are your thoughts on the new Thunderbolt technology allowing such an improvement in resolution and speeds? Are you heading out already to grab your new MacBook Pro? Let us know with your comments please.