Apple today unveiled its new line of 13-, 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro notebooks which features Intel’s next generation processors, Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera.
With two bi-directional channels, Apple claims that Thunderbolt, a technology developed by Intel, can transfer files at 10 gigabits per second, about twelve times faster than FireWire and twenty times faster than USB 2.0.
Revenues for the global notebook PC market grew to $31.3 billion U.S. in the first quarter, up 31% from $26.4 million in the first quarter of 2009 according to a recent report from DisplaySearch.
In terms of revenue, it was the biggest quarter for notebook sales since the third quarter of 2008
Worldwide smartphone sales will grow by 29 per cent year-over-year to reach 180 million units in 2009, overtaking notebooks in total unit terms according to Gartner Inc.
Currently smartphones account for 14 per cent of overall mobile device sales, but Gartner expects by 2012 they will make up around 37 per cent of global handset sales.