Another high speed port has made its debut. Thunderbolt, developed jointly by Intel and Apple, this new data port is first available on Apple's new line of MacBook Pros.
Boasting incredible data transfer rates that are double that of USB 3.0 (which hasn't even been made standard yet) it promises a single connection for your storage and data needs. Up to 6 devices can be daisy-chained, giving the end-user a convenient solution for connecting a combination of external drives and monitors, all with just one cable.
LaCie is one of the first hard drive manufacturers to release Thunderbolt compatible products as well.
This should eventually simplify laptop ports, by combining the external display port with external storage, one less port is needed, and allows more flexible connections since all one needs to buy are the adapters to connect to other displays and projectors. Thunderbolt also allows HDMI w/ multi-channel audio pass-thru as well, cleaning up external audio cables as well.