Yesterday, the iFixit disassembled the new MacBook Air and, even with a poor repairability score, praised a number of improvements Apple made in building the machine to make it easy to repair and replace internal components. Today was the new Mac mini What has fallen into the hands of the repair firm is that Ma's new desktop has won similar accolades?
To begin dismantling the Mac mini, the process is the same as previous generations: just detach the bottom plastic cover (now more environmentally friendly) and unscrew the metal plate that protects its internal components by unplugging the Wi signal receiver wire Hi.
Then simply unscrew and unplug the huge fan to reveal most of the internal components. IFixit was positively surprised that in order to free Mac mini's guts from its recycled aluminum housing, just use both thumbs to push the board out of its casing without the special tools required.
As we have seen, the new Mac mini replaces the RAM soldered on the board with replaceable combs (glory!); the upgrade process is not as deliciously simple as the first version unibody It's mini, but at least possible. About the metal grid that protects the memory sticks, iFixit suspects they are there to allow the components to rotate at a frequency of 2,666MHz without interfering with the operation of other parts of the machine.
Not all are flowers on the tiny desktop, however. In addition to the expected soldered CPU and SSD, the Mac mini also has all its ports (USB-A, Thunderbolt, HDMI, Ethernet) attached to the logic board if any of them fail and you need a replacement, you can expect a high grade. in the repair. The AirPort chip, which handles the machine's wireless connections, is also soldered; On the other hand, the component that encapsulates the modular and easily replaceable power input.
In the end, iFixit gave the new Mac mini a repairability index 6th at 10 possible points, positively highlighting the ease of accessing the bowels of the machine, as well as the little use of adhesives and other unfriendly techniques. It remains, therefore, the current Mac easier to repair and upgrade, which is a really seductive point for conscientious users and professionals, precisely the audience that Apple wants to win with this new version. Master play?