Really awesome news on the Thunderbolt front today, making the transition to USB-C even easier. I don't see anywhere that Apple explicitly had any hand in pushing Intel to adopt the new connector, but the timing sure is suspect, considering Apple just started adopting USB-C itself. Makes sense now that they don't have an official USB-C to Thunderbolt adapter (for their Thunderbolt display). Also, since Apple was instrumental in the development of Thunderbolt and the spec's use of Mini Display, I'm assuming they nudged a bit here. It makes sense; USB-C is the first Apple-like USB standard. Reversible, thin, multipurpose.
No matter what, I'm sure we can all get really excited over the demise of Mini Display. Not to mention we can all sit back and laugh at stupid headlines like this.