Maybe Apple's Thunderbolt Cable Is Worth $50 After All

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It doesn't take long, does it? The same day Apple's new Thunderbolt cable hit retail shelves, iFixit took it apart to see what makes it tick.


Not surprisingly, the Thunderbolt cable is not your average cable. It's an active cable with 12 chips and "tons" of resistors. Together these electronic components regulate the high-speed transfer of data from the Thunderbolt device to the computer. Yeah, it may not cost $50 to build, but this is Apple we are talking about. [iFixit]


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let me just point out what HDMI cables cost when they first came out (hell, what they STILL cost from "good" brands)...nobody nerd raged at monster about the price like they are at apple...(in my memory at least)