Although Intel pointed out that Apple would be ahead of the competition in adopting Thunderbolt technology on MacBooks Pro, it is already clear that it will be necessary to accelerate the pace in the creation of new products based on the technology. Thinking about it, the processor giant announced Macworld which intends to offer development kits to companies by the end of June, aiming to rapidly expand the compatibility of computers and peripherals with the new connector.
For now, Intel works only with special partners, in the fields of storage (LaCie and Western Digital), photography (Canon) and audio / video (whose products are already appearing at the NAB Show 2011). With open development kits available, any company will be able to create Thunderbolt-compatible products including for Mac OS X, as Apple is increasing its dedicated team to support the technology.
However, it is believed that Intel's most interesting segment is computers, in which it has few partner companies. Despite being one of them, Sony has not yet detailed whether to implement Thunderbolt ports in its notebooks, while HP announced only that it should "evaluate" it.