Following hot on the heels of the teardown of Apple’s MacBook Air (2018), the iFixit crew has gone ahead and carefully pulled apart the newest Mac mini.
The publication has wrapped up its official teardown of the new desktop computer, revealing that Apple didn’t go out of its way to lock everything down in frustrating ways, and as a result the new Mac mini earned itself a pretty respectable repairability score (especially for a new Apple product). Popping open the case is easy because there aren’t any tough adhesive holds in place, and the same can be said for the parts inside as well.
The Mac mini also “packs standard SO-DIMMs allowing both DIY upgrades and replacements”, and the teardown also showed that the process is fairly straightforward and requires only “fairly common tools”. That’s the good news. The potential bad news comes from the fact that the built-in storage and logic board are soldered into place, and neither is user-upgradeable. If a port gets damaged or worn down and need replacing? The logic board will need to be replaced, too.
At the end of the day, iFixit determined the repairability score is 6 out of 10. That’s not too bad! Could be better, sure, but considering the new MacBook Air earned itself a 3 out of 10, well, we’ll take this as a win.
Check out the full teardown, with plenty of under-the-case pictures, through the source link.