iPad 3, iPhone 5 rumors: could feature Thunderbolt technology

The revolutionary I/O Thunderbolt technology is the new high-speed transmission format introduced by Apple that can transfer gigabytes of data in seconds.

The three patent applications detail on subjects such as the basic pinout of the Thunderbolt connector and the ways in which the wires are arranged within a cable.

“A connection may be provided between a portable media player and a display, a computer and a portable media player, or between other types of devices.”

Thunderbolt sets a new standard for speed, flexibility and simplicity and it is currently available on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac mini.

The technology is expected to be featured on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.