Apple has announced that their new Macbook computers will be equipped with USB-C connections, ahead of what is expected to be universal adoption by the computer industry. Photo District News reports that the idea behind the new connection is that it will ultimately replace the current myriad of options into a single design. It is capable of a respectable 10Gps transfer (similar to USB 3.1) speed and can deliver bi-directional power at 20V. Hence it can charge your laptop from your tablet and vica versa. It is physically compact and the cable can be used either way round as both plugs are identical.
The new design is also being billed as future proof and transfer speeds are expected to increase in line with this in the future.