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iFixit dismantles the new Mac mini, Apple's most repairable computer

Just as it did with the newly launched 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, iFixit also dismantled the Mac mini launched by Apple at its last special event.

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

This is the A1347 model and, like the previous ones, it is easily opened. Unlike other Macintoshes, RAM can be exchanged for the user quite simply today, this operation is only possible on mini Macs, 27-inch iMacs and Macs Pro.

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

The fans are also removed quite easily, which is great if they need cleaning to work better.

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

Just below the fan is the Wi-Fi antenna ?dish?, exactly the same as found in the last two versions of the machine.

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

How about the logic board being removed?

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

This Wi-Fi card (BCM94331PCIEBT3B), the Broadcom BCM4331 802.11 a / b / g / n Wi-Fi chip, the Broadcom BCM20702 Bluetooth 4.0 transmitter, the SiGe 5503A 2304A Dual Band 802.11a / b / g / Wireless Front End n, among other things.

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

Featured, the boomerang heatsink.

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

More of the Mac mini logic board:

  • Audio controller from Cirrus Logic (4206B).
  • SMSC USB hub controller (USB2512B).
  • Gigabit Ethernet controller and Broadcom memory card (BCM57765).
  • Intel Thunderbolt Controller (L232TB45).
  • LSI (L-FW643E-2).
  • AELTA (8904C-F).
  • Intel platform hub controller (E224B809).
  • Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (V227C254).
  • SMSC sensor and temperature management system (1428-7).
  • Parade HDMI / DVI level shifter (PS8401A).

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

Inside is the 500GB Hitatchi HDD.

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

Like many parts of the mini, its power supply is the same as that found in the last two versions of the machine.

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

Mac mini disassembled by iFixit

Comparing the disassembly process of this machine with that of the MacBook Pro Retina, it is easy to understand why it got an 8/10 score in terms of repairability, after all, there are no proprietary screws, it is possible to easily update the RAM and the hard disk, there is no glue in nowhere and, although it is not easy, it is possible to change the power supply.

For more information, be sure to visit the iFixit website.

(via iMore)