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Modders successfully upgrade storage and RAM on M1 Mac Mini

It is possible to upgrade the storage and memory on an M1 Mac Mini
It is possible to upgrade the storage and memory on an M1 Mac Mini (image via Apple)
Some intrepid Chinese modders have managed to upgrade the storage and memory capacity of an M1 Mac Mini by desoldering the existing hardware and replacing it with identical, higher-capacity variants.

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MacBooks have been long reviled for their soldered components, which makes upgrading any storage/memory component virtually impossible. The same holds for Apple's newly-released M1 MacBooks and Mac Mini. Then again, several Windows laptops such as Microsoft Surfacebooks also come with soldered RAM, so it isn't just Apple doing it.

A few Chinese modders discovered a rather simple workaround for the soldered parts conundrum on their M1 Mac Mini. Apparently, all one needs is a desoldering station, steady hands, and loads of patience. The modders successfully managed to upgrade the 8GB module on an M1 Mac Mini to 16GB, and the 256GB NVMe SSD with a 1TB version without any hiccups. How they managed to get it past Apple's 'secure enclave' is anybody's guess. However, the modder's success will likely be short-lived. Once Apple gets wind of their transgressions, it will almost certainly prevent such modifications via a future software update.

This isn't the first time such an endeavour has been attempted, though. Many intrepid modders have gone down this path before, such as YouTube content creator Strange Parts, who successfully managed to upgrade his iPhone 6s' storage from 16GB to 128GB with relative ease. Although the process is tedious and time-consuming, it is doable. However, this is the first time someone has bested an M1 Mac Mini. Are M1 MacBooks immune to such treachery? Only time will tell.

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I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
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Anil Satyanarayana, 2021-04- 5 (Update: 2021-04- 5)