Originally Posted by meelash
I think the fact is, that a scenario where the power cord is pulled out of your mini and a hard shut down resulting in file system damage and loss of unsaved work is inherently unacceptable from a design standpoint.
I don't buy that because consumers have been accepting the risk for some time now. For example take some of SonY's professional video equipment, much of that has come with an auxiliary retainer for the IEC plug. I have yet to see such on any consumer equipment. Plus as has been pointed out the MagSafe isn't any worst than some things Apple already uses.
A lot of you are saying, "I'd rather have a hard shut down than have my mini pulled off the table,"but from Apple's perspective, they'd rather have a few people pull their mini's off of the table (which is that user's "fault") than have even one person inadvertently pull out a MagSafe-type connector, in which case the resulting havoc (although it might be relatively minor) would be Apple's fault.
From Apples perspective they want happy consumers. They however don't need to go into bankruptcy delivering and warranting such hardware. MagSafe provides for several advantages that Apple can utilize, but it is not just Apple that wins with MagSafe.
In the case of a laptop, it is a best of both worlds scenario. In the case of the mini, it would be a lesser of two evil's scenario, and I certainly don't see apple choosing the evil that places the blame for hard shutdowns squarely on their @**.
Well most hard shut downs are user related one way or the other. What people are missing here though is that it is not outside the possibility for Apple to provide for a system that handles power loss from the MagSae connector gracefully.
The other thing to realize is that the MagSafe connector is part of a 3 headed cord that would also have video, and USB connections plugged in. So you would need to yank all three at the same time.
As far as the suggestions for a mechanical latch, capacitor etc., I agree that stuff could work, but I really don't see Apple going to that kind of trouble and expense on their lowest end computer just to make it "look cute" with the new displays.
A suitable value super capacitor isn't that expensive. Frankly if used it provides Apple with a marketing feature especially if coupled with a safe power down. In many applications it would eliminate the need for a UPS. The only question is how long does the cap have to last before the unit shuts down. 5 minutes, or 10. At some point the super cap would become a size problem. Ideally Apple would need an approach that puts the Mac into safe mode within a minute.
Anyways, aren't the powercord, etc., on the new displays detachable on the display end. Isn't it possible for apple to just sell a different cord for the mini than the sell for laptops?