Apple launched the new Mac mini at its “special event” last week. The company boasted about the processor upgrade and the $100 price drop the miniature computer has received. But apparently those aren’t the only noticeable things about the new Mac mini. As revealed by iFixit, who tore down the device apart, the new Mac mini is extremely hard to repair.
According to the folks who cracked open the Retina iMac last week, the RAM inside the Mac mini is soldered onto the motherboard, making it incredibly hard to detach it without damaging the components. The case of the Mac mini no longer comes with the easy-to-remove screws as Apple has employed the new T6 Torx Security Screws on them instead.
“Sometimes we just don’t understand what goes on in hardware designers’ heads,” said iFixit. “Apple took one of their most-fixable, most-upgradable products and broke it.” As iFixit guys note, unless you’re a professional computer technician, it is going to be pretty hard for you to open the case.
In a nutshell, the memory of the device isn’t as easily upgradeable. Compared to the last generation model, it is rather shocking, as the 2012 model was one of the most customizable Apple products ever made. Then iFixit had given it a score of 8/10, as opposed to 6/10 the new Mac mini has received.
The other findings include the expected Intel Core i5-4260U processor paired with Intel HD Graphics 5000. The new Mac mini also comes with a Samsung-made 4GB of LPDDR3 DRAM chip.