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Disassembly of the new Mac mini does not bring much hope, plus space for a second hard drive

As soon as the disassembly was finished (teardown) of the 13-inch MacBook Air, the iFixit guys turned their attention to one of the new mini Macs released yesterday.

Mac mini Teardown on iFixit

In general the machine is very similar to the previous generation, especially when compared to the Server model, which no longer had an optical drive. But it is curious to note that there is a large internal space, which would probably support a second hard drive.

Here are the highlights:

  • Although there is physical space for a second HDD, an obstacle to its installation is the lack of a second SATA cable that would connect it to the logic board.
  • There is also the Broadcom BCM20702 chip, intended for Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
  • The controller for the Thunderbolt port is the Intel L116IA35, similar to the iMacs launched earlier this year.
  • Unlike MacBooks Air, upgrading RAM in minis is very practical.

Enjoy more photos:

Mac mini Teardown on iFixit

Mac mini Teardown on iFixit

Mac mini Teardown on iFixit

Mac mini Teardown on iFixit

Mac mini Teardown on iFixit

Mac mini Teardown on iFixit

Mac mini Teardown on iFixit

that is, nothing much outside the standard.