The new Intel/Apple connection dubbed Thunderbolt sounds really cool. You can connect monitors, storage devices and who knows what else plus it's compatible with older technologies like Firewire. Much to like. But it's much less great that Intel is giving Apple a one-year exclusive deal (or just a giant "headstart" according to another pub) on Thunderbolt. It may be good for Apple but it's bad for customers.
The exclusivity means a much smaller base of potential customers for any Thunderbolt peripherals, which, in turn, means higher prices, smaller selection and slower arrival of cool new stuff to connect to your new Thunderbolt port.