1. So here it is, exactly the same form factor as the previous Mac mini, but now in Space Gray
    • So here it is, exactly the same form factor as the previous Mac mini, but now in Space Gray

  2. Once flipped over, a familiar black cover is revealed.
    • Once flipped over, a familiar black cover is revealed.

    • Pry open the lid to release it from the three large screws

    • The lid had a soft foam inside to dampen the vibrations of the beefed up fan

    • The lid is secured with the same TR6 screws as the 2014 model

    • The antenna cable is very short, so watch out; rotate the cover to reveal the internals

    • The antenna cable is held down with a little TX6 screw

    • It has a tiny washer to make sure no stress is applied to the cable

    • The fan has four identical TX6 screws holding it down

    • The screws go trough a rubber tube to reduce vibration

    • Underneath the fan the connector pops off easilly

    • The fan feels solid. Much better than previous models

    • Now, lets take out the motherboard

    • Massive (for the mini) TX10 screws secure the motherboard to the chassis

    • The power supply can be unplugged by as many wires as possible between your iFixit tweezers and pull upwards

    • Also take off the tiny power led connector

    • Slide the motherboard out by gently applying pressure to the heatsink

    • Some interesting design choices made here. A full size CMOS battery

    • The wifi wiring runs underneath the large speaker

    • The power button is attached to a ultra flat cable that runs in an arc along the heatsink

    • We flip over the motherboard to see a massive amount of tiny components

    • Also some familiar pieces of foam all over the place

    • But now what we are all here for. The RAM

    • Four TX5 screws holt it down

    • The memory cover slides off at an angle

    • These rubber parts will be a pain to put back on later.

    • There are tiny pieces of rubber in it that need to slide into the metal clips holding the memory in place

    • The memory itself sits upside down in its sockets

    • The springs are very strong and will shoot the memory in your face if you're not careful!

    • The power supply is secured in a similar way as with the previous models

    • A little clip has to be removed, and the connector can be rotated

    • The power supply is held down with three TX6 screws

    • They look just like the fan screws, but they appear just a little bit thicker and with longer thread

    • After taking out the power supply we are left with an empty shell

    • I really enjoyed taking this mini apart. My verdict is it's much easier than the 2014 model as cables are in a more logical place


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Wouter de Vries

Lid sinds: 08-11-18

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What happens to the machine if the SSD fails? Will the entire logic board need to be replaced? I have a feeling that the chances of SSD failing would be significantly higher than Ram… So shouldn’t apple make SSD removable as well?

Sam - Antwoord

Failing SSD means a failing motherboard. In my experience, apple ssd-s are very reliable. Upgradable memory allows you to use a device longer. If you configure it with 16GB today, you might want to max out the memory in the future, once prices go down.

Wouter de Vries -

What about the CPU, is it in a socket or soldered in?

Steve Seg - Antwoord

I didn’t have the courage to take the heatsink off. So we’ll have to wait for someone who does.

Wouter de Vries -


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