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Apple may Integrate Thunderbolt Ports in iPhone 5, Too Soon for iPad 3?

Apple is planning to introduce thunderbolt technology in future iPhone, iPod and iPad devices, a patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via Patently Apple) reveals.

Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port.

Currently, the super fast I/O is available on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac mini devices. Thunderbolt was developed by Intel in cooperation with Apple, and was introduced to the market last year.

Apple is reported to be working on securing patents related to this valuable technology. Thunderbolt I/O ports are purportedly 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 ports.

Industry observers are suggesting that the upcoming iPad 3, expected to hit the market in March, will arrive a little too soon to feature the speedy Thunderbolt I/O ports, though iPad 4 can't miss this impressive feature.

As far as the iPhone is concerned; various analysts are proposing the next generation smartphone could be announced around autumn 2012, giving a good chance of seeing the super fast ports in the iPhone 5.