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According to Apple, Macs with Apple silicon continue to support Thunderbolt. Clarification came after Intel's Thunderbolt 4 announcement caused many to speculate that Macs without Intel CPUs would not have Thunderbolt ports.
Here is Apple's statement that The Verge was provided:
Over a decade ago, Apple worked with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt. Today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility that every Mac offers. We remain committed to Thunderbolt's future and will support it on Macs with Apple silicon.
Earlier this week, Intel announced the minimum requirements for Thunderbolt 4 certification, the features consumers can expect from Thunderbolt 4-enabled devices, a schedule, and details on how to launch the first devices that use the standard. It won't be available on laptops with Intel Tiger Lake CPUs until later this year, and Intel produces controller chips for computers and peripherals.
However, since the first conversation about Thunderbolt 4 dealt exclusively with machines with Intel chips, the question arose which ports new Apple silicon Macs will use, since these machines by definition will not have Intel CPUs.
We'll have to wait and see how it will look in terms of the chips on the board, but Apple has now announced it will support Thunderbolt on Macs with Apple silicon that are expected to be released later this year.
Apple has played a pivotal role in the initial development and marketing of Thunderbolt, and Thunderbolt is the primary (or even the only) port in Mac product line computers. However, Apple has refused to include Thunderbolt connections in its other devices, e.g. B. iPhones (which use a fully proprietary connector called Lightning) and the iPad Pro (which uses the industry-standard USB-C).
Thunderbolt 4 is closely linked to the new USB4 standard. The specifications require cross-compatibility with all USB generations as well as Thunderbolt 3, support for wake-from-sleep on PCs connected to Thunderbolt docks, accessories with four Thunderbolt connections and more.