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News: Thunderbolt docks, WWDC schedule speculation, updated Mac line, and more!

Matrox has announced a Thunderbolt dock that features many connectivity options for Thunderbolt-equipped PC and Mac users alike. The DS-1 features audio I/O, USB 2 and 3 ports, gigabit ethernet, and a DVI port. The DS-1 will cost US $249 and ships in September. Not to be outdone, the third iteration of the Belkin Thunderbolt express dock now comes with USB 3 and eSATA, with the main difference to the DS-1 being that the Thunderbolt Express Dock features two Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining. However, the Thunderbolt Express dock is also quite a bit more expensive than the DS-1 too, at US $399. John Gruber from Daring Fireball has posted speculation regarding the number of to-be-announced sessions in the WWDC schedule. This year, Apple has moved a few of the usual suspects around: the Apple Design Awards, for one, are now on Monday afternoon instead of Wednesday. But what's really interesting are all the TBA sessions: are these related to new announcements that won't be revealed to the general public until the keynote on Monday morning?


Rumours say Apple are going to refresh most of the Mac lineup and multiple accessories at WWDC. 9to5Mac reports that WWDC may be the biggest simultaneous launch of new Macs in Apple's history.

Speaking of which, a new model of 13-inch MacBook Pro has been leaked on a Chinese forum. The spec sheet usually displayed on the outer box shows USB 3.0 and a normal, 1280x800 pixel display, with the possibility of Ivy Bridge thrown in for good measure.


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