I was just reading through the 2011 Macbook Air review on MacWorld, and I got a little intrigued about Apple releasing a Thunderbolt compatible iPhone or iPod Touch. As you all know, the iPhone uses USB 2.0 for charging and data synchronization, which can be painfully slow when synchronizing large amounts of data. As you all know as well, Apple and Intel collaborated on Thunderbolt which has transfer speeds well above that of USB 3.0 and Firewire. Since Apple has a new data transfer protocol that they want to promote, and since they have an extremely popular range of devices still using an old protocol, why not upgrade the next generation of iP@ds and iPhones to use Thunderbolt?
Because of the market proliferation of the iDevices, other PC and accessory manufacturers would be pressured into supporting the new standard, which would make sense for Apple and Intel as (I think) they would get royalties for Thunderbolt use.
In addition, Apple has been a proponent of their iDevices being post-PC devices, and an idea that I had would be to use the iDevices as a mobile Home folder for OS X. It would make sense financially, and once again could push the adoption of Thunderbolt as well as their Thunderbolt-compatible computers. In a future version of Lion and iOS would be a program that would copy the user's Home folder to a special area on the iDevice. Apps would have APIs to allow access to the user's Library and Documents folder, and any files that an iPhone app would create or modify would be saved in a special App folder in the Home folder. Perhaps a file browser, not so different from the Finder, would allow for browsing and launching from the Documents directory. When someone wants to do some editing on a Mac, they plug the device into the Mac via a Thunderbolt cable (USB 2.0 wouldn't be supported because of the transfer speeds) and OS X would see the Home Folder and allow login from it. It would allow the iDevice to truly become "post-PC."
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