Apple Files To Patent Thunderbolt, Could Come to iOS

Jan 09, 2012

Apple filed three new patent applications, published last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), that detail elements of Intel Corp. and Apple's joint technology for wired data transfer, Thunderbolt. It is speculated that the technology will be applied to iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, and would mean faster data transfer as well as faster recharging. One patent application, for example, mentions a connection "between a portable media player and a display, a computer and a portable media player, or between other types of devices."

Apple had filed multiple Thunderbolt trademarks last year, which drew some speculation as to who owned the technology and the trademark. The general assumption is that Thunderbolt was developed by Intel and Apple was a "technical collaborator." Yet beyond filing several Thunderbolt trademarks, Apple's recently released patent applications suggest that the company is attempting to secure Thunderbolt-related patents.