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Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

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Nearly two years ago, Intel pledged to make its super-fast Thunderbolt protocol available to everyone, royalty-free.

Now it’s finally following through on that promise, and then some—giving the next generation of USB a jolt in the process.

What does that actually mean?

In plain English, the move will simplify your dongle life and make your downloads much, much faster.

Unless you’re a creative-class professional, you almost certainly use your MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 ports for charging more than for data backup.

“The data density from data like video have increased,” says Patrick Moorhead, founder of tech analyst and advisory firm Moor Insights & Strategy.

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