Apple’s 30-pin dock connector to support DisplayPort, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt?

Patently Apple has discovered that Apple has been granted a new patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office.The patent reveals what appears to be a new dock connector that can support both DisplayPort/USB 3.0/Thunderbolt.

Apple has been granted a powerful patent that packs quite the wallop. Somehow they snuck a secret patent application through the system for an all-new high speed connector that will combine at least USB 3.0 and DisplayPort. Although the patent illustrates an iPod as being one of the first to adopt this, the patent clarifies that it’s for all future Mac hardware as well.

However, it isn’t clear if this will be backward compatible with the current 30-pin connectors.