412 laptopconfigurationsalreadyrely on thecombinationof USB Type C and Thunderbolt 3. However, theresponsetoApple’sdecisiontoonlyequipthenew MacBook Pro 2016 withthisstandardshows: Many usersare still puzzledbythefunctionalityoftheinterface. Computer basesolves it.
- Thunderbolt 3 also includes USB and Display Port
Thunderbolt 3 waspresentedby Intel in June 2015. Currently, thestandardalwaysrelies on a chipfrom Intel, called Alpine Ridge. Apple putstwotimes on itslargestversion, eachofwhichcancontroltwoports.
Thunderbolt 3 concealsmorethanonetransmissionstandard, as in additionto 40 Gbit/s overtheunderlyingfour PCIe lanes (3.0) as a classic Thunderbolt, USB 3.1 Gen 2 with 10 Gbit/s and twotimes Display Port 1.2 are also offered. Ethernet and HDMI canbederived via adapters.
- Thunderbolt 3 can also loaddevices
Optionally, Thunderbolt 3 can also recordupto 100 wattsofelectrical power becauseituses USB PowerDelivery. Apple makesuseofit on all fourports. Other devicescanagainbeloadedwith 15 wattseach.
- Fordisplayswith 5k at upto 60 Hz
Because Thunderbolt 3 relies on Display Port 1.2, itdoes not support HDMI 2.0 (via adapter) with HDCP 2.2, thisfunctionalityisreservedfor Display Port 1.3 asalternatemode. However, becausethe 40 Gbit/s interfaceprovidesenoughdatathroughput, Apple canrealizetwo Display Port 1.2 via Thunderbolt 3 and thus, like Display Port 1.3, offertwo ultra-HD signals in 24-bit at 60 Hz orone-time “5k” in 24-bit at 60 Hz.
Becausetherearetwo Alpine ridgechips, the MacBook Pro canhave a maximum oftwo external 5k screens, but only in the 15-inch model, becausethe IGPU in thesmallermodeldoes not support that in turn. At the same time, the large still hasenoughbandwidthlefttosimultaneouslytransmittothetwo UHD signals also USB 3.1 Gen2 with 10 Gbit/s and gigabit LAN via Thunderbolt 3. This results in thefollowingfeaturesetoftheinterfaces on thenew MacBook Pro:
Thunderbolt withupto 40 Gbit/s (twotimessimultaneous)
USB 3.1 Gen2 withupto 10 Gbit/s (fourtimessimultaneous)
Display Port forupto 2 × 5k at 60 Hz (15-inch only)
100 watts power consumption, 15 watts power output (non-simultaneous)
: HDMI (without HDCP 2.2) and Ethernet
- Thunderbolt 3 alwaysuses USB Type C
Everythingthat Thunderbolt 3 offersisalwaysoutput via a USB C. Thunderbolt 2 plughere on Mini Display Port. Note: Behind USB Type Cis not always Thunderbolt 3, but Thunderbolt 3 isonlyavailablewith USB Type C.