Apple has dropped Thunderbolt for USB-C on the new MacBook, and that may be because the company invented the new USB standard. John Gruber, a well-known Apple expert, has said that Apple invented USB-C and handed it over to the appropriate groups to turn it into an industry-wide standard. Gruber claims Apple is not going to come out and mention that it created the new USB type, but it is indeed behind the invention.
“I have heard—I can’t say who but lets call them informed little birdies—that USB-C is an Apple invention and that they gave it to the standards bodies … and that the politics of such is that they can’t really say that,” said Gruber. “They’re not going to come out in public and say that but that they did. It is an Apple invention and they want it to become a standard.”
One supporting piece of evidence for this rumor is that the Thunderbolt and Lightning ports are similar to USB-C in terms of design. Since those two ports are Apple creations and Apple-created standards for its products, it is easy to see how USB-C could have been created by the same company.
Via [Cult of Mac]