Originally Posted by Murphster
A magsafe power supply is designed to be easily removed from a laptop in case someone trips over the cable. It also unplugs itself very easily when using a macbook and the cable is snagged somewhere (usually on my couch) or the power cable is pulled to it's limit. It is great at what it does.
But for a desktop computer/media server it would be madness to include such a feature. If I have to move my Mini to get to a cable or something behind it I certainly do not want the risk that the cable is snagged somewhere and thus suddenly lose all power to the Mini. Whatever you think of the power supply on the current Mini is certainly takes more force to remove than a Magsafe.
Anyone who thinks that the new Mini might have a magsafe really is not thinking things through properly. It would be a stupid feature for Apple to include.
To suggest that the Mini or any other desktop (DT) computer, i.e., not a portable, laptop, notebook, etc., would, could or should be powered up via a 'magsafe' type connector is not thinking it through.
One should ask themselves why other DT computers have not incorporated the technology. Why would Apple incorporate it in the new Mini and not the new iMacs, Mac Pro, new LED LCD Display or Cinema Displays?
Other than deep fryers*, I am having trouble were magnetic power supplies are used routinely.
I have a Macbook Pro and with the Magsafe connectors, i.e., Magsafe Power Adapter and Magsafe Airline Adapter, I feel really safe being plugged in whether I am at home, in the university lab/libraries, on a plane or at clients. http://www.great-laptop-deals.com/ap...ro/magsafe.php
Having such connectors for an LP makes real sense as long as I haven't taken out the battery. No such luck on a DT. However, for those that aren't concerned about there computer crashing to the floor, there is always the MagStay Pro. http://thoughtout.biz/MagStayPRO
Note that Apple could not make magnetic power adapter and call it a ""Magsafe" if it were 'tied' into the computer. The liabilities would be too great.
Portables were made to run on batteries. However, working on large databases or graphic files, playing games, downloading large files or upgrading software, being AC connected is sometimes necessary. Even if I am not, I can still switch to a new battery if I have to and not lose anything. Couldn't do that on a Mini.