iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

Disassembly of the new Mac mini confirms Apple’s intention to hinder upgrades

First it was the iMac with Retina 5K screen, now the people of iFixit he got his hands on one of the new Macs mini and showed us all his insides – which are not very complex, it is true.

Check the images of the disassembly process (teardown) on your Mac:

iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

iFixit disassembles the new Mac mini

Here are the highlights:

  • The bottom cover of the new Mac mini is not difficult to remove, but it is clearly no longer designed to facilitate access to the machine. Before, it had a swivel design to be easily detached. In addition, when removing the cover, there is another metallic “door” making it difficult to enter, secured even by TR6 Torx Security screws.
  • The Mac mini fan uses Advanced Hydraulic Bearing (AHB), for quieter operation.
  • There is only one SATA port on the logic board of the new Mac mini, that is, you cannot connect a second hard drive to it – something that was possible in the late Server version.
  • IFixit confirmed that the RAM of the new Mac mini is now soldered to its logic board, as well as its processor (CPU).
  • The hard drive found in the tested unit was a 2.5-inch HGST with 500GB and 5,400RPM.
  • There is, internally, a space for the placement of the PCIe SSD that comes in models configured with Fusion Drive. We still don’t know for sure if those who buy one with only HDD can do this upgrade manually.

Here is the video from iFixit:

The new Mac mini got a 6/10 “repairability” by iFixit standards. One of the little good news is that it does not use glue / adhesive anywhere on its internal structure, facilitating access.