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New Mac mini teardown reveals that Apple could have made its mini-PC a lot smaller

There is plenty of unused space in the new Mac mini. (Image source: Apple)
There is plenty of unused space in the new Mac mini. (Image source: Apple)
The dimensions of the Mac mini have remained unchanged since 2010, despite multiple internal revisions. Apple has removed the 2.5-inch drive and the DVD drive, while a teardown video has even slimmed down the size of the motherboard for the new M1 model, raising the question of why it has kept its mini-PC the same size.

Apple may be now on the fifth-generation of the Mac mini, but the design of the mini-PC has essentially remained unchanged from the third-generation model - unveiled in 2010. Apple took advantage of every millimetre of space ten years ago, but that is no longer true.

On the contrary, a teardown video has demonstrated just how much free space there is in the new Mac mini. As the video below shows, Apple has included a fan, a power supply and the logic board, which contains a speaker, a heatsink and the M1 chipset, among other components.

Only the logic board, fan assembly and power supply are replaceable too, as Apple has soldered the RAM, storage and Wi-Fi modem. Ultimately, the new Mac mini seems like something of a missed opportunity. On the face of it, Apple could have made its mini-PC a lot smaller, leading the charge as it did ten years ago. Instead, the latest Mac mini looks refined and is powerful, but it is also a poor use of space.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-11-19 (Update: 2020-11-19)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.