Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer
Magsafe makes zero sense for the desktops.
It makes perfect sense if it can handle the load of the new Mini. Especially if it is compatible with the new displays and is of better quality than the old connector.
The Magsafe on the ADC doubles to charge your laptop battery and uses the passthrough power of the Monitor to do so.
BS, the power supply is in the monitor to operate your laptop. Simple as that really, if your battery happens to need a recharge you get that too. That isn't the primary point of the power supply though, it is there so the lappie can make like a desktop.
It makes no sense for non-portable products.
That could be said about the current Mini connector too.
If you're going to rationalize adding a "modified" magsafe for the desktop you are adding costs to the design and serving to use it w/o benefiting the point of it's core service--to recharge the system.
You are so wrong about the "core service" that I'm not sure if there is a point to further discussions. I will repeat though, the power supply is there so that the new monitor can work with the laptop in desktop duty mode. Any recharge you get out of the system is simply grave on top of everything else.
As to additional mechanical help with retention that may help but I don't really see it as an absolute requirement.
Only portable devices with magsafe from at least 1 dedicated power system makes sense, ala the Monitor.
With desktops having dedicated sources it makes no sense to offer it. It's much less expensive to add that functionality into the adaptor than to modify the current one resulting in no added use.
You are getting hard to follow here. The connector from the power supply would not be modified, it would be the same one that comes with the current monitor. If anything at all is done it will be a case mounted retainer.
What many people are missing here is that this approach offers Apple a way to unbundle the power supply and lower the machines list price. This how one powers the Mini will be up to the purchaser when he makes the purchase. It also opens up the market to a wide range of power supplies.
The real argument against MagSafe isn't the connector but rather is an issue of electrical power. Many laptop power supplies depend on the laptops battery to support surge loads. In otherwirds many laptop power supplies can't handle transient loads like a disk spinup. This is why many laptops require that a battery be inplace even when line connected. I'm not sure what the case is with Apple products but atleast this would be a counter indication.
In any event the MagSafe connector itself isn't anyworst than the old connector.