Thunderbolt 3 uses Universal Serial Bus (USB) type C. The older versions of Apple products (Thunderbolt 1, and 2) use the Mini DisplayPort (MDP).
Thunderbolt is the brand name of a hardware interface for the connection of external peripherals to a computer. It was developed by Intel, in collaboration with Apple. It was initially marketed under the name Light Peak, and first sold as part of an end-user product on 24 February 2011.Thunderbolt combines PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort (DP) into two serial signals, and additionally provides DC power, all in one cable. Up to six peripherals may be supported by one connector through various topologies. Thunderbolt 1 and 2 use the same connector as Mini DisplayPort (MDP), whereas Thunderbolt 3, 4, and 5 use the same USB-C connector as USB does.