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Macworld Benchmarks 2.7GHz Core i7 Mac mini with SSD

Macworld posted a new article yesterday showing the performance of a BTO Mac mini with a 2.7GHz Core i7 processor and a 256GB SSD. Needless to say, this machine did quite well in their series of testing. It outperformed the two base models of the 2011 Mac mini by a significant margin in just about every test. It even smoked past the entry-level 21.5″ iMac in tests depending on hard drive performance. This boost in performance doesn’t come cheap though. The BTO Mac mini prices out at $1499, which is $700 more than the base 2.5GHz Core i5 Mac mini and $300 more than the entry-level 21.5″ iMac. That isn’t exactly a value proposition for most people, but it’s still fun to see how they compare. So, head on over to Macworld for all the details.


Apple gets magnetic coupling patent for possible use in iOS devices

Apple has been granted a patent that covers magnetic coupling connectors that could be used in future iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. The patent, titled "Techniques for coupling interfaces parts using moveable magnetic elements," describes a technology similar to the MagSafe connectors Apple introduced in 2006 to its MacBook lines that allows the power cord to separate from its host device if too much pressure is applied to it too quickly, as happens when one trips over a power cord attached to a laptop.

The patent application specifically shows a figure that looks like the first generation iPad with a MagSafe power connector. The patent does not, however, describe a MagSafe dock connector. Currently the 30-pin dock connector is how iOS devices receive power, but one can assume Apple could adapt the MagSafe technology to fit dock connectors, or of course, Apple could conceivably eventually eliminate the 30-pin connector and replace all iOS devices with a smaller MagSafe/Thunderbolt hybrid port that would allow for lighting-quick syncing complete with MagSafe's "anti-trip" technology. Interestingly, this is the second patent granted to Apple that refers to a MagSafe-like connector on an iPad. The first was in October 2010.