The Mac mini is a great little computer that can provide the workhorse power of a MacBook Pro at a fraction of the size. Recently, iFixit got their hands on one of the new Mac minis and gave it the teardown treatment. Surprisingly enough, it’s still a pretty repairable computer.
According to the iFixit teardown:
Inside, we found an empty extra SATA connection on the logic board perfect for adding a secondary hard drive, replaceable RAM and hard drive, and modular components — just like in last year’s model. Kudos to the Mini for receiving an excellent 8 out of 10 repairability score, and to Apple keeping it so fix-friendly.
Mac Mini Mid 2012 Repairability: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
- No proprietary screws are found within the device.
- You can easily upgrade your RAM and hard drive, as well as add a secondary drive.
- There’s no glue anywhere inside that needs to be removed while disassembling the Mini.
- The CPU is soldered to the logic board and not user-upgradeable.
- While not difficult to do, you still have to remove almost all the internals in order to replace the power supply.
This is all great news. I love user serviceable devices. This is something that has been slowly phasing out in Apple products. But it looks like the Mac mini still holds strong in this department! You can check out the full iFixit teardown using this link.