Yesterday, the iFixit disassembled the new MacBook Air and, even with a low repairability note, praised a series of improvements made by Apple in the construction of the machine towards the ease of repairs and replacements of internal components. Today was the new Mac mini that fell into the hands of the repair firm – did Apple’s new desktop win similar praise?
To start disassembling the Mac mini, the process is the same as in previous generations: just detach the lower plastic cover (now more environmentally friendly) and unscrew the metal plate that protects its internal components, unplugging the signal receiver wire Wi-Fi.
Then, just unscrew and unplug the huge fan for most of the internal components to be revealed. IFixit was positively surprised by the fact that, to free the guts of the Mac mini from its recycled aluminum housing, just use your two thumbs to push the plate out of its housing – no special tools required.
As we have already 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 in the first version unibody of the mini, but at least it’s possible. Regarding the metal grid that protects the memory sticks, iFixit suspects that they are there to allow the components to run at the 2.666MHz frequency without interfering with the operation of other parts of the machine.
It’s not all flowers on the tiny desktop, however. In addition to the expected CPU and soldered 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 wait for a high score on the repair. The AirPort chip, responsible for handling the machine’s wireless connections, is also welded; on the other hand, the component that encapsulates the power input is modular and easily replaceable.
Ultimately, iFixit gave the new Mac mini a repairability rating 6 in 10 possible points, positively highlighting the ease of accessing the bowels of the machine, in addition to the little use of adhesives and other unfriendly techniques. It remains, therefore, the current Mac that is the easiest to repair and upgrade – which is a very seductive point for conscientious users and professionals, precisely the public that Apple wants to conquer with this new version. Master play?